WWII GERMAN SS 13TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION OFFICERS HANDSCHAR
In 1943. The Germans looking to even the tide of the war recruited a division of Bosnian Muslims, which eventually evolved into the 13 Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS "Handschar" aka SS 13th mountain division and was primarily manned from Muslims from the Bosnia-Herzegovina region of Croatia, with a cadre of German personnel. The fez, a traditional piece of Muslim headgear, dating back to Bosnian regiments in the Hapsburg Empire, was authorized for wear by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler for all ethnic divisional personnel. The fez was issued in a field-grey version for wear with the service uniform and a maroon version for wear with the dress uniform. This original piece is in good overall condition with one small puck mark on the side and a bit of wear to the sweatband stitching. Originally green thread stitched insignia. Approximately size 7 1/2.
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