DAK Panzer Other Ranks M40 cap in a New Zealand museum
I visited the New Zealand Army Museum at Waiorou, on the north Island of NZ several years ago, sadly it was the old days of a camera
that had film, so I didn't go nuts with the camera, (wish I had the digital back then) but this gem was on display within the museum, along
with some other great DAK pieces, (except for that terrible post-war painted helmet). I did spend some time pressed against the glass
drooling, and although I couldn't get any interior shots, this cap has it all. The dust, grime, sweat and wear of a real Afrikakampfer.
Forgive me, I will include a couple of general views of the display as well as the cap, so hopefully it doesn't violate the rules too much
Slightly off topic for a few seconds if I may, I was actually a part of the honour guard that laid the foundation stone for the museum when I was with
the Australian Army working with the Kiwis way back in 1977 (or maybe 1978, I can't remember exactly now), and we were a part of the multi national
force (US, UK, Aussie and Kiwi) that was a part of the official ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the new museum, and back then it was a very
cold and windy hill with no other building around at all, so it was great to finally get back again many years later and actually visit the finished product,
and I heartily recommend it to anyone that is in the area to visit the place. (it is near Lake Taupo).
07-02-2015 11:28 AM
That was a cap with soul. Very very nice!
Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.
"Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"
I see there is a coco feldflasche in the display Bob?
I wonder if it was a genuine DAK bring back or if it was added to the display later for effect?
Would help the belief that they did see action in north Africa if it was!
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
Very nice to see an original.
My favourite display in the Museum, Bob. I've been several times now and still photograph the cap and tunic. The green webbed Y's are also of special note....it's a pity that they include that horrible post-war painted helmet in there!!
Thanks for post!
I will have to get back there for another visit sometime soon....