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The Veteran's Associations were in place in Germany before the ascent of the Third Reich. Once Hitler took power of the country, the Nazi party started exerting more influence into these organizations. Including the use of the swastika in hats, pins, uniforms and other items.

The main purpose of the Veteran's Association was to provide Veterans with social services. Anything from assistance with food, housing, medical care, as well as to provide a place for gatherings.

The hat featured here is a German WWII hat. As issued to members of the National Veteran's Association.

The design of the hat consisted of high peak dark blue wool material. With a black mid section. Black leather visor and chin strap. An eagle is placed at the top of the hat. Of metal construction. The wings are fully spread. The head is facing to the right. The cheast area has a black iron cross with swords crossed behind.

The eagle is clutching a wreath with a swastika in the center.

The hat device consists of a golden wreath with an oval shape in the center. The figure of a lighthouse is placed in the center. It sits atop a red ocean with a white circle containing a black swastika.

The side of the hat has a very interesting pattern consisting of a swastika and the veteran's association logo being displayed in an alternating fashion. The leather chin strap is attached to the hat via the use of a metal button with a flat black surface.

The chin strap is composed of three sections attached together by using metal brackets.

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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  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 hat has a clear plastic, diamond shape section sewn in. The plastic has the veteran's association logo with the following sentence displayed above the logo; DEUTSCHER REICHSKRLEGERBUND RUFFBAUSER (GER GESDXIRT). The entire design is done with white ink.

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The inside of the visor is of smooth construction. The sweatband is of grey leather color. There is no RZM paper tag present. There are no ink stamp markings either.

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 $170.00 $180.00 $200.00 $220.00 $230.00 $240.00 $250.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B B B B B A A

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