Prussian Einheits (Universal) Krätzchen model 1917 was designed to replace all various color krätzchens in use before…

Prussian Einheits (Universal) Krätchen
Prussian Einheits (Universal) Krätchen
 
Prussian Einheits  Krätchen
Prussian Einheits Krätchen
 
Prussian Einheits (Universal) Feldmütze
Prussian Einheits (Universal) Feldmütze
 



The colors of the krätzchen bands indicated the type of the troops yet were not practical in the field because they could attract attention of the enemies. Therefore in spring 1915 the German High Command issued a camouflage bands and in July 1917 so called universal krätzchens. Both solutions were introduced for all types of the troops – Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Pioneers. From summer 1917 universal field caps were widely in use in the newly created units and as replacement of the previous model of Field and peaked caps.

Closer overview of the front cockades
Closer overview of the front cockades
 


Closer overview of the Universal Krätzchen cockades.

The lining of Prussian Universal Krätchen
The lining of Prussian Universal Krätchen
 
Stamp of the Garde Korps K.B.A.G
Stamp of the Garde Korps K.B.A.G
 


The lining of this krätzchen bears the stamps of the Garde Korps K.B.A.G 1917 as well as “3K” marked by the owner probably of the 3rd Company.

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