M43 Cap Eagle/Cockade - Field Grey
Insignia finished in the Wehrmacht standard field grey, designed to be worn front and centre on the M43 Field Cap.
The cockade heralds back to Imperial Germany, and was first introduced in 1897 on the centaury of the birth of Emperor Wilhelm I, who oversaw the Unification of Germany. The Imperial colours also represent the largest and smallest countries of the Reich; Prussia (black and white) and the HanseaticCityStates of Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck (white and red). Although this cockade fell out of favour during the Weimar years, it was reintroduced by the Nazi government who were keen to restore a sense of national pride in its military forces. This cockade was worn by all branches of the military and was symbolic of the unity of the German people.
The eagle has been a symbol of Germany since the days of the Holy Roman Empire, and even today a variation of it exists as the emblem of Federal Germany. This particular eagle is the Wehrmachtsadler and was introduced to military uniforms in 1934. It could be found on all tunics and headgear worn by military units.
An excellent reproduction eagle and cockade combination, threaded on to a field grey background and suitable for a M43 field cap.
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