Why does not some post the relevant pages from some other Kleiderkasse catalog? I also have only mentioned woolens, without gabardine, and other types described above. There were many, many other kinds of textiles in use. See also the Herstellungsvorschriften der RZM for the relevant types of textiles used in uniforms.....
But I also think the cosmos of textiles was actually far broader than what I have outlined here, as I look into additional primary sources. There were also kinds of woolens and cotton textiles with English and French names, also in use, as well as such things as loden cloth, too, and on and on....
Someone should post the relevant Luftwaffe document or the Army document in this connection. Though I think the SS Kleiderkasse page here is useful as a point of departure.
Here is a typical Luftwaffe cap in officer's Strichgarn/Trikot cap cover.
There is a finer species of woolen Trikot in which the Strichgarn pattern or structure is less visible, but also present.
See this cap ca. 1935 made by Isken on the left (it is made of a very fine tricot) versus the Mueller ca 1939 doeskin on the right.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 12-29-2010 at 10:03 PM.
I think it's important to strive IMO, not only to collect the authentic but to discuss them in an authentic mannor as well. That's why the collectors term "crusher" has always irritated me but I've touched on this so many tmes, I'm now considered more boring than the proffesor of Boring from the University of Boring in Boringwood. That's also why it's very important that people such as youself FB, still contribute. Otherwise in 50 years time, we'll be describing these caps as the Africa baseball cap or the SS Fedora made from fuzzy felt wool!
Well, I do get very excited by the word Gummipolster so I guess I'm well worth considering as a Major Nerd!
Was there ever such a better word!?
It is true, though, that when you look at Germans in the era from say 1890 until the end of the second war in films, and what not, that many of them with their squished caps seem pleased or happy in a way that eludes people today. I say this, because I knew many of these people when I was young. I saw a documentary on Brecht last night, who is not my man, mind you, but there was a lot of film of Berlin and what not in the 1920s and 1930s (before Schickelgruber) and people had a certain aspect to them that I find missing in a world of 24/7 and declining social security in the EuroAtlantic realm that I do not see in the past. I mean, these people were crushed by the depression and world war, but somehow many of them kept a smile on their faces or had a chipper attitude. I know, because I knew such people, who are now all dead.
I am sure this is nostalgia, but the jaunty headwear of the past, without a cap spring, symbolizes something to someone, obviously, which is as dead as the do do in our world, that is for sure. But nostalgia is always a dangerous thing, really, even if it is more compelling than an "app" or a self lowering toilet seat.