Though supplanted by other uniforms, the black uniform was worn by all branches of the SS more or less until the outbreak of the war, and the black uniform remained in use beyond what stands in English language books.
The Allgemeine SS remained in existence in wartime, though at reduced strength. The photo is of Heydrich's funeral in the summer of 1942, a time at which the English language secondary works suggest that the black uniform was gone.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 07-26-2013 at 07:09 PM.
I am not liking the cap, the velvet band and the piping doesn't look right. I don't have that much knowledge on caps but if it were me I would pass, it doesn't shout authentic to me. The cheap price and the fake skull also raise alarm bells.
P.s. Special thanks to FB for sharing pictures of authentic material and more. Amazing reference from one of the best scholars of the hobby.
Best regards, Patrick
The grey cap is likely a fake. I say "likely," because the only way really to tell is to look at the thing actually. Some grey caps for whatever reason too subtle to dilate on here diverge from "textbook," as if such a term really meant anything. Many real SS caps have fake insignia, not the least because insignia collectors rape caps to secure the little buggers for their odd displays of same on plastic pedestals. Thank you, Patrick. Truth be told, I have never thought of all of this as a hobby, but more as history, which is, for me, at least, a profession with exacting standards.