|Heer EM einheitsfeldmütze with triangular insignia||side view|
Insignia varied on the SS version. Some officers and other ranks wore the same badges as on the sidecap, the skull being placed on the front of the crown, and the eagle being sewn to the turn-up on the left side of the cap. Others wore the two separate badges one above the other on the front of the crowna combined badge with both eagle and skull on a single patch was also observed. Both Wehrmacht and SS versions were in field grey cloth.
|SS einheitsfeltmütze||Luftwaffe einheitsfliegermütze|
The Luftwaffe version was identical in cut to the Army version, but in blue-grey. The Luftwaffe eagle and cockade were sewn to the front of the crown. Officers' caps were piped in silver braid round the crown.
A black version was available for tank crews.
|Heer Panzer einheitsfeltmütze with T-shape insignia|
Tropical versions of the M1943 were produced in both tan and olive green cloth, with light blue eagle on the same colored cloth. In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, tropical uniforms headgear and equipment were quickly developed and issued in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnels arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. The M41 tropical field cap was introduced in early 1941 and design of the cap was loosely based on the Mountain Troopers, Bergmütze with minor variations. Officer ranks caps were distinguished from EM/NCOs with silver piping for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt piping for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall while EM/NCOs ranks caps were not piped. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), and originally the M41 tropical field caps had a branch of service soutache applied to the front consisting of an inverted "V" encompassing the national tri-color cockade but regulations of July 10TH 1942 abolished the use of the soutache and instructed it to be removed from the caps, although the directive was not strictly adhered to.
|Heer M41 DAK olive-green cloth with white soutache||Heer DAK tan cloth without soutache|
There was no navy blue version for the Kriegsmarine. However, the tropical version of the cap was worn by U-boat crews operating in southern and Far Eastern climates. As well, the Wehrmacht version of the cap was issued to shore-based naval units, and to the Marine Infantry Divisions.
|Kriegsmarine DAK||Luftwaffel fieldcap (these came from Heer stocks)|
|SS tropical fieldcap||SS camo fieldcap (fieldmade)|
|The severe cold encountered on the Russian front in the winter of 1941/42 found the Germans completely unprepared not only in heat retaining cold weather garments but also snow camouflage garments. This resulted in numerous, hastily improvised and makeshift heat retaining and snow camouflage items being utilized including everything from civilian winter clothing to white bed sheets. After the winter of 1941/42 the Oberkommando des Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), recognized the need for heavier winter clothing and testing began in the spring of 1942 to develop suitable garments. In April 1942 Hitler approved the chosen design, and the first models were issued in the autumn of that year, included assorted winter fur caps. The fur caps were a standard issue item and were distributed to all EM/NCOs for the winter season, (September 15TH to April 15TH), with other winter garments and were to be returned to the units storage depot at the end of the season for storage, repair and cleaning to be reissued the following September. Originally Officers and senior NCOs responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear were required to purchase the new winter garments until regulations of December 1942 extended the issue winter clothing to all ranks in the colder theatres of operation. Although there was no official standard model of the fur cap the most commonly encountered type followed the basic pattern of the Mountain and M43 caps with fold down back and side panels designed to protect the wearers ears and neck.|