looks ok to me.
looks ok to me.
As has been said above, a stemless Edelweiß badge had already been worn by Germany's Imperial-era mountain troops. The mountain troops were disbanded in 1919, and the Weimar-era 100,000-men army was officially not allowed to have any. (However, in reality, all divisions had one light infantry battalion that was trained and equipped for mountain warfare.)
The official re-building of the mountain troops began in 1935 or so, but the Wehrmacht-model Edelweiß cap- and sleeve badges were only introduced in May 1939.
I wouldn't be surprised if unofficial wear of the traditional Edelweiß as a cap badge took place before that.
Then again, perhaps it is simply the badge for the peaked service cap (where it was worn between the cockade and eagle)? But it appears to be too large for that in my opinion.
(Anyway - and forgive me for being an old nit-picker - it is actually not correct to refer to it as a Gebirgsjäger badge. It was worn by all members of the Gebirgstruppen [mountain troops], which also included mountain signals, -artillery and -engineer units. The Gebirgsjäger were mountain infantry specifically.)
There was no SS-Gruppe Hochland, and the Allgemeine SS formations in Bavaria and Austria did not wear Edelweiß cap badges at all.
(At least not officially, I think I vaguely remember having seen one such photograph somewhere.)
Last edited by HPL2008; 10-21-2014 at 08:18 PM.
Thank you Andreas very informative ...as usual
"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem