Read the tab Historical reference on the history of the use of this uniform piece.
All caps have a “print error” when the position of the printing rollers (one for each camouflage color) was not adjusted. As a result, spots of different colors do not fit together, and displacements are seen on the finished fabric. If a dark spot “hits” on a light spot, then the displacements are not visible. But when a "gap" in the paint fill occur, the spots get white edges. White edges of spots and even whole bands are not uncommon on the original camouflage "Oak" uniform, especially in the last years of production.
SS Camouflage "Oak" on a SS winter jacket (early series, approximately the end of 1943). White "gaps" on the border of spots are clearly visible, the result is not high-quality printing (poor calibration of the machine, a gap in the color fill). Photos from the site weitze.net
Our copy of the SS camouflage double-sided cap is made in Russia according to the patterns developed by the Replika shop on the basis of original samples. The fabric is imported, dense cotton material, one side has green shades of spots for summer, the other has brown for autumn. The cap has the correct shape of the bottom (turned over egg). To the right and to the left there are 2 air vents treated with a thread (the metal edging of the holes was rarely found on such caps on the most recent series).
In the visor insert of PVC. The cap can be washed in a washing machine, the visor is not afraid of water. The visor cannot be bent at a temperature below 2° C, but at this temperature the cap is not used. If you bend the visor in half (180 degrees), it can be broken.
On the "autumn" side there is a sweat-tape, it also closes the rim of the cap. All this is sewn in a special way and in a certain sequence. On cheap copies, this tape is sewn around the perimeter, but on the original M42, as on our copy, the seam runs along the bottom edge of the cap, but not over the visor. Above the visor, the seam is laid from the inside. There are a number of tiny details that can be seen in the photo.
Camouflage caps were produced for SS soldiers from 1942 until around 1944. Used until the end of the war.
A German tankman from the 1st SS Leibstandarte division and a captured Soviet soldier. The photo clearly shows the camouflage of both armies. The tankman wears the M42 cap. The Battle of Kursk, July 1943. Photos from lestweforget.me
Cap M42 is not deep and covers only the upper part of the head. The peak, on the contrary, is quite large, well protected from the sun. The post-war Bundeswehr cap with its cut generally repeats the M42, but has a reduced visor and, of course, is not reversible.
Soldiers could wear a cap in the manner of a mountain cap, that is, wringing front and crushing it from two sides inwards, like a hat.