Prussian Infantry Krätzchen model 1910 with Camouflage band.

German hat with masking band
German hat with masking band
 
Polowa czapka piechoty z opaską maskującą
Polowa czapka piechoty z opaską maskującą
 
Deutsche feldmütze
Deutsche feldmütze
 


Prussian Infantry Krätchen with Masking Band
Prussian Infantry Krätchen with Masking Band
 


During the war it was noticed that the colours of the krätzchen bands indicated the type of the troops were visible and they could attract attention of the enemies. Therefore in spring 1915 the German High Command issued a camouflage bands (masking bands) for all almost all types of troops (except for Jäger’s). The masking band is sewn in to the cap in a few places and cover the original red band.

Prussian Infantry Krätchen model 1910 with Camouflage band
Prussian Infantry Krätchen model 1910 with Camouflage band
 



The Krätzchen lining is sign by the owner. Closer overview of the front cockade, the second one is hidden in the masking band “pocket”.

German corporal with attached Schützenschnur - shooting award
German corporal with attached Schützenschnur – shooting award
 


The lining is also marked B.A.IV which means IV Armee Korps. German soldier in the Eastern front wearing field cap with fixed camouflage band.

One Response to “Prussian Infantry Krätzchen with Masking Band (Camouflage Band)”

  1. Mark says:

    Hello,

    My name is Mark Hofmeijer, i am a administrator from a World War One forum in Holland/ Belgium. http://www.eerstewereldoorlog-2014-2018.nl.
    I am also collector from German millitaria WK1, and havo als a pionier kratchen with versteckband. I send you some foto’s from the kratchen if you like. My question is about the versteckband, i have some with a horzontal buttonhole (slit), that make it possible that you can see both cockardes waring the masking band. Do you have more information about this uniformitem.
    If you like vissit the web-site, you are welkom!

    greetz,

    Mark Hofmeijer

I would be happy to hear from you