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The German Afrika Korps, Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK), was the German expeditionary force in Libya and Tunisia during the North African Campaign of World War II. The force was kept as a distinct formation and became the main German contribution to Panzer Army Africa which evolved into the German-Italian Panzer Army (Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee) and Army Group Africa.

The Afrikakorps is one of the most legendary fighting units of the third reich. Lead by Field Marshall Rommel, this unit carved itself a place in history by its cunning fighting techniques.

The pith helmet is one of the best well known trademarks of the combat division. The example displayed on this page is an early version.
The helmet comes with two emblems, a flag and an eagle. The emblems are located to each side.

This section of the website provides information that allows to identify these type of hats of the Third Reich. At the same time provides information regarding its present worth.

The helmet would have been worn with the tropical uniform.

A closeup of the eagle emblem can be seen here (bottom-left).
The helmets were built with a leather sweat band. Also typical of the helmets is the red material on the inside top.

The spring on the top attachement of the helmet is displayed on the picture below. The leather chinstrap is secured by a hook on the inside of the helmet.

The sweatband is attached via clips. Also notice the black string stiching used to put together the sweatband.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German hats. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German hat worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the hats is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German headgear in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. FAQ's
  2. WWII hat Anatomy
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. LDO manufacturing codes
  6. Construction materials
  7. Hat tags
  8. Pins, hinges and other
  9. Perspective view
  10. Purchasing a WWII German Hat

The inside of the sweatband is branded with the date and size of the helmet. This sample is dated 1941. The outside of the band is marked with the letters JHS. What is interesting is the stamp of the word "GERMANY". Normally this is an export symbol implying that at one point the helmet was exported.

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This hat is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this hat. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the headgear.

If you have an interest is seeing other headgear of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Headgear identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), political and other organizations.


The value for WWII German headgear and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $320.00 $340.00 $350.00 $360.00 $380.00 $400.00 $400.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A A A

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