Prussian Infantry Krätzchen model 1910 with Camouflage 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.
The Krätzchen lining is sign by the owner. Closer overview of the front cockade, the second one is hidden in the masking band “pocket”.
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.