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caps of the wehrmachtbeamte-heer

Article about: Hi The armed forces officials of the army has always been a subject that has confused the hell out of me. The sheer number of support services and the various functions needed to facilitate

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    Hi

    The armed forces officials of the army has always been a subject that has confused the hell out of me.

    The sheer number of support services and the various functions needed to facilitate the logistics of any army has always been complicated but to my mind the germans managed to take it to a whole new level in terms of the uniforms and different colours of branch services they used post 1935.

    As my main interest is caps I thought I would post a brief history of some of the styles and variations used by these officials.

    So a bit of history..............

    After the Napoleonic wars the Prussian Army was re-organised and the admin tasks vrs the command and control tasks where separated from the line officers to be undertaken by separate better qualified individuals. This separate function continued and expanded in the Imperial Army and the Reichswehr and, for the discussion here, also in the Wehrmacht but to a new level. This of course was in response to the technological changes that occured in the 1930's (TANKS BEING ONE) requiring even more logistical support.

    In 1934 every official became classed as an armed forces official and regarded as members of the Army. Career officials included Chaplins, Army forestry service, non combat medical services among many others. The best info on this is in Uniforms and traditions vol 2 p130 onwards.

    Uniforms of the officials were basically the same as the uniform of soldiers of equal rank. The branch colour was dark green on the cap.

    This example is made by Pekuro and is high quality doeskin material. The piping is the same colour as the cap band and is a rough method of seeing if your cap is admin or jager.

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    The second cap is Beamte auf Kreigsdauer, a.k - wartime officials - introduced 1937 this rank were people needed in the army for their civilian knowledge and appointed with a rank according to their skills and education. The 1940 uniform specified that the branch colour was dark green but the cap band was grey-blue to distinguish them as civilian rather than military trained officers (I guess). This example is made from eskimo wool and came with a name tag inserted in the celluloid with the rank Sonderfürer. It is made in Kassel and has a Zapf logo.

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    This third cap is for specialist leaders - sonderführer- and their uniform regs of 1940 required that they also had a grey-blue cap band but with grey branch of service. Again these guys were civilians who were put into positions in the army were specialist skills were needed but no military personnel were available to fill them.

    In 1942 the uniforms regs changed and the cap got an alluminium cord inter woven with grey blue silk threads. This example has the army officers cord and is made by ODD aka otto dittman from Dresden.

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    part two on the way.............

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    The army forestry administration was another branch of officials who had their own caps.they were made from grey-green cloth and had dark green piping. In 1940 the regs changed and they wore army insignia on their caps and had an allumimium cap cord.

    This example has the army insignia.

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    Final cap is for the truppensonderdienst - TSD - introduced in 1944 this basically replaced a lot of the admin functions. The admin officials had blue branch of service and the judiciary service wine red piping. This came into effect the summer of 1944.

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    Thanks for looking

    cheers

    tony
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    A great tutorial on the various administrative caps of the Heer. Thanks for posting. These type of threads help make this Forum what it is.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Very informative thread. The Germans sure knew how to complicate things!

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    Thanks for the supporting comments.

    Please feel free to add any caps that support the thread for reference..............generals, judiciary post 1944 and any others most welcome.

    Here is an admin generals for reference (courtesy of Daniel)......the gold piping is top and bottom with the dark green piping on the top of the cap band. IT'S A CRACKER !

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    CHEERS

    TONY

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    I like this thread.

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    Nice work Tony!
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    Very informative post Tony. I am trying to complete a WH INF Officers(combat) display as well as a WH EM/NCO. Very good for some reference.

    Regards, Lars

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    Hi

    there was a discussion earlier on about green piped caps and what is a jager green and what is not.................thought I would bump this thread up to help those who see "green" but can't be sure which is for administration.

    cheers

    Tony

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