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Title Kriegsmarine U-boat officer's sidecap
Nationality German
Period c 1940

This rare survivor has the silver U-boat flotilla badge on the side: a twin-tailed mermaid (maker marked), the hair highlighted in gilt, a very fine casting. This is the classic hat worn both by other ranks and officers at sea in the U-boats, with the gold bullion piping denoting officer rank.

Its overall condition is excellent for its age, but there is some minor damage to the blue-grey leather sweatband, which has the initials 'K.M.S.' punched into it. It may be possible to identify the mermaid badge, but I have not been able to find this badge in an excellent book in which the drawings of U-boat badges by Georg Hogel, who made a life-long study of them, have been published - 'Embleme Wappen Malings deutscher U-boote 1939-1945' (Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft MBH, Herford).

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Headdress : Third Reich : Navy]


The package arrived today, and the two items are nice. The Mother Cross actually looks a lot better in person than in the pics.

K P, Spain, 20.06.2017

Just to let you know that the bayonet arrived safely this morning by Royal Mail. I am delighted with it and it will be put to very good use at some forthcoming events.

A F, UK, 23.05.2009