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    I shall post a separate thread tomorrow to explain why this cap has very important features that allow us to analyse the development of the Army peak cap in terms of changes to its manufacturing construction and regulation changes that occured during the 1930's .

    In the meantime the reason why it's branch of service is infantry rather than panzer is because.................

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    The cap has been stamped under the sweatband with the accepting units mark.

    It was worn by a member of 3 kompanie, panzer-abwehr abteilung 16. A unit attached to the 16th infanterie division.

    This abteilung was formed on 1st oct 1934 and was originally named Kraftfahr-abteilung Hamm and had 3 kompanies.

    On 15th october 1935 it was re-named panzer-abwehr abteilung 16 and a fourth kompanie added...a machine gun company.

    Now this cap has the eagle and wreath on it, the one and only insignia that has ever been appiled. Thus we can conclude the cap was issued post oct 1935, possibly sometime in 1936, because of the stamp and the second pattern eagle/wreath whichalso came in from late 1935.

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    This insignia is a nice early set made of german silver or nickel if you prefer and has aged nicely through the oxidisation of the metal.

    The cap itself would have been originally made for the kraftfahr battalions in the reichswehr as it still has the fieldgrey material for the cap band (pre 1936) and i reckon came from stock to be given to the panzer-abwehr units. The cap itself was made between 1934 and end 1935. (more on this later).

    On 16 march 1940 the unit was re-named panzer-jager abteilung 16 and on 1st November 1940 became an integral part of the 16th panzer division.

    This unit fought on the eastern front from 1941 to 1943 when they were destroyed at stalingrad along with the 6th Army.

    This unit history allows us the tantilising speculation of wondering if the owner had indeed been part of this tradgic and momentous event ?

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    Sadly the celluloid is missing and with it the paper tag that was once clearly there and would have given us the name we needed to check the records and try to answer the question of the fate of the owner.

    Sorry I can't offer any more history to this one.

    cheers

    tony

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