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What is your Holy Grail? (Cloth Headgear Only!)

Article about: This would be a close 2nd to the Reichsleiter I posted: A KM Admiral White-top made of doeskin wool: (If I had to guess, I would say it is probably an Erel)

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    Here is my Grail and it resides in my collection. A bonafide Heer NCO cap converted to officer but used by an SS NCO promoted to Officer. The cap is from Gerhard Lotze, has complete provenance and pretty sure a photo of him wearing this exact cap. It came with his awards including his Knights Cross, full uniform, insignia, documents, photos, HJ items, newspaper articles about him, basically his entire history till he was 12 years old till he was KIA north of Warsaw in late December 1944 as a 22 year old in Westland Reg't.

    I will never find anything like this out there, ever again esp with this provenance. It is perhaps the single most complete and amazing SS grouping known.


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    Quote by DougB View Post
    Here is my Grail and it resides in my collection. A bonafide Heer NCO cap converted to officer but used by an SS NCO promoted to Officer. The cap is from Gerhard Lotze, has complete provenance and pretty sure a photo of him wearing this exact cap. It came with his awards including his Knights Cross, full uniform, insignia, documents, photos, HJ items, newspaper articles about him, basically his entire history till he was 12 years old till he was KIA north of Warsaw in late December 1944 as a 22 year old in Westland Reg't.

    I will never find anything like this out there, ever again esp with this provenance. It is perhaps the single most complete and amazing SS grouping known.


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    WOW! That's it, I'm booking my flight to Canada right now. Is there a link to see the entire uniform, Doug? That's fascinating.

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    It along with his insignia etc is in my German War Room thread. I've done a complete photo session in GHW2 but old bad pics.

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    Truly astonishing, Doug. I'm speechless.. Except to say, " thanks for sharing this holy artifact"

    I own one of my holy Grails...a Heer panzer beret

    Although, I'd be a happier man if I owned Mr. Hritz W-SS camo cap ( especially by the manner in which he acquired it)
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    I love Bob's camo cap as well. Its the nicest camo cap on the planet bar none.

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    Agreed, Doug

    That cap was only made for three months with insignia before Himmler mandated them to be stripped and/or halted factory production with applied insignia.( I suppose the bright insignia was sniper bait)

    And even more astonishing is how Bobs' cap was procured..(I'm trying not to be monotonous, but this story is riveting. ..)
    Last edited by Dean; 10-18-2013 at 08:04 AM.

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