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WW2 German side cap

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Here is my WW2 German Army enlisted side cap, dated 1941. Small sized as usual for that time. The eagle is stitched to the exterior and does not go through the liner.

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Nice condition, still has the early dark green insignia, here hand-stitched. Normally these caps had a  coloured "Soutachewinkel" over the cockade. These were discontinued as from 7/1942, or removed.

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I kind of liked the soutache idea, I have seen pictures of German troops in Russia wearing them on the side caps late into 1942, but then again they had other priorities. I imagine some had a hard time letting go. 

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As far as I know, they were generally removed at the front, and otherwise no longer produced. I have an Afrikakorps type, where the Soutache has clearly been removed.
Springpfeil was quite a well known maker in Hamburg, at least a lot of caps can be seen made by them. I think they were around for many years after the war, still making uniform caps etc. Not sure if they are still in business.

I see now, the name has vanished out of the telephone book, there is not a single Springpfeil in Germany, not even private.

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