This is a museum quality reproduction of an impossible to find German U-Boat captains cap (U-96) with 70+ years of ageing. The cap has been made to represent a long war patrol piece and has been handmade using original WW2 design drawings. The body of the cap is made from white cotton that shows signs of rust and humidity staining from deep within the bowels of the iron coffin; a black wool cap band, genuine old leather chin strap, and a beautiful lambskin leather sweat band with some signs of'in service' repair.
The insignia and visor are made from hand embroidered gold wire bullion with an aged patina. Unlike cheap reproductions the gold bullion on this cap has been manufactured to the correct colour.Inserted inside cap label is an aged copy of Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrocks original signature. The cap also comes fitted with a U-552 brass cap badge of the boats sawfish emblem and and will come complete with Adler. A perfect cap for your museum and Kriegsmarine collection.
The cap you see in the pictures is the cap you will get. Please do not hesitate to ask questions and feel free to check out my other auctions and feedback.If you want a U-boat cap made for a specific U-boat commander please feel free to get in touch. U-552 was one of the legendary U-boats of World War Two. She was laid down on 1 December 1939 at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg as yard number 528 and launched on 14 September 1940 she went into service on Dec 4th. Under the command of Erich Topp, U-552 carried out a total of ten operational patrols, sinking 30 ships and damaging three in a period of 20 months. Topp was among the U-boat arms most successful commanders.
Within 16 months he was decorated with the Knights Cross, the Oak Leaves and the Swords. U-552, the boat with the Roter Teufel (Red Devil) emblem painted on the side of the conning tower, was probably photographed more by war reporters than any other U-boat. Thanks for looking and best wishes from the north Atlantic coast of Ireland.The item "WW2 Style German U-boat Kriegsmarine Hat Cap U-552 Erich Topp The Red Devil" is in sale since Saturday, October 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War II (1939-1945)\Uniforms". The seller is "warbooty" and is located in Portrush. This item can be shipped worldwide.