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The Visor of the Father of 2 "Verräter an das Reich"

Article about: Although this is an Imperial visor, it has a significant TR connection. It is a Dunkelblau (pre-war) Generalstab visor. GS officers wore dark-blue uniforms with Carmine piping. True Imperial

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    Default The Visor of the Father of 2 "Verräter an das Reich"

    Although this is an Imperial visor, it has a significant TR connection.
    It is a Dunkelblau (pre-war) Generalstab visor.
    GS officers wore dark-blue uniforms with Carmine piping.
    True Imperial General Staff visors are even harder to find than their TR counterparts (and there are a lot of upgraded stretcher-bearer visors being passed off as GS--they used the same coloring).
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    This is the visor of Hans von Haeften, who was a colonel on the Prussian General Staff during WWI.
    After the war, he was promoted to Generalmajor in the Reichswehr, and died in 1938 as the head of the Reichsarchiv.
    The hat has a gold-leaf name: "v. Haeften":
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    Hans was the father of two sons, Hans Bernd & Werner, both of whom were actively involved in the July 20th plot.
    Werner was v. Stauffenberg's adjutant, and leaped in front of him just before he was executed.
    Hans Bernd was tried by Friesler, and hanged at Plotzensee Prison in August 1944:
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    To date, I have not been able to find a portrait of Hans wearing a dunkelblau visor.
    Here he is in 1915 wearing a Feldgrau uniform:
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    Somehow, someway, this hat made its way to the USA, where it ended up in the inventory of a Hollywood costume house, "Associated Costumers" on Hollywood Blvd:
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    Some fading to the carmine, but still remarkably preserved after 100+ years:
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    German Wiki entry here:

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_von_Haeften

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    In any event, if anyone has photos of the father in Imperial uniform, seeing them would be greatly appreciated....
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    I recommend Herr Poehlmann's writings on German military history with enthusiasm.
    damit, basta.

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    Nice thread. Did you get the Hollywood cap? I hope so.
    damit, basta.

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    F-B: Yes, it now resides in the stonemint collection.
    I normally do not pursue personality pieces, but the historical significance of this hat was just too great to pass up.
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