Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 08-04-2010 at 09:03 PM.
FB, did you ever happen to find any documentation in regards to black interiors for Officers caps? I'm wondering why and when the decision was made to use black for these particular caps which is quite an unusual choice of colour for a lining.
I have no such documents of the era. In fact, as you know, the Kaps/Neisse caps you like often have a black lining, and so do others of my experience.
The uniforms are lined in black, so I guess they did the same for the officer's caps, I guess.
The main point is the distinction between the higher quality cap with the runics and silken lining and the ordinary cap with the black lining.
But the persons, dates and events in which these decisions were made are lost to time.
The Herstellungsvorschriften d RZM lay down many details of headwear, but N O N E for the SS. I looked. That is why we need Saris here, as he is the boss of these files. Maybe colleague Derek has an idea, too?
Riddles in questions within enigmas, and the answers to most we shall never, ever know....
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I wish I could find all the original documents that would unveil the definitive answers to the questions we pose of the past, but I am unable to do so. I rather think that someone has done the work, or someone could do the work, with much patience and skill. Some of these issues defy any answer in the sense that you or I might seek them, which is just as well. The imponderables have a certain poetry to them, especially in our age of cut and dried lists and a false certainty that is a chimera.
I have this photo on file, apologies, I do not remember where it came from.
Surely the evolution behind the design of these style caps came from previous tradional ideals of dashing Cavalrymen and "sports" horsemen and their preference for lighweight yet stylish headgear that would be supple enough to take a few falls and knocks.
I do think the term "crusher" in terms of folding them up to place in a kitbag or pocket is a total misnomer whether it happened or not. That wasn't the primary function.
As you can see with this example, it's evident that the metal spring is still present to hold the shape around the top of the cap. Contary to popular belief, the metal spring was not always removable, some were sewn into the cap and to remove it would mean destroying the cap.