Posted 2 years ago
Classic example of a WWII German officer's visor cap. This particular Infantry officer's cap shows moderate to heavy use, and even has the first two initials of the original owner's name under the celluloid sweat diamond, but unfortunately the last name was removed. The rare maker, Wulf & Co., is clearly marked inside the cap and includes as part of the Wulf logo a profile of a German soldier wearing a stahlhelm. The metal insignia has not been removed since the cap was purchased by the original owner. Geprüft 2./ J.R. 90, is clearly stamped inside the sweatband. This indicates that the cap was once an other ranks visor field upgraded to officer. There are two very minor moth nips to the top of the cap. Since my original post, I have learned that this cap belonged to a member of the 90th Infantry Division, 2nd Regiment. The 90th Light Infantry Division served in north Africa as well as Sardinia and Italy. The division played a major role in most of the actions against the Allied 8th Army in the western desert and eventually surrendered to the Allies in Tunisia in 1943. It was re-constituted later in 1943 and deployed to Sardinia and when the expected Allied invasion of Sardinia failed to materialise, the division was moved to Italy. It was engaged in actions against the Allies in Italy from 1943 to September 1944 when the division was listed as "destroyed" south of Bologna.