~ WW2 German Sailor's Cap of the Battleship Scharnhorst ~
The cap is complete with its eagle front badge and its cockade.
The cap tally reads in German "Battleship Scharnhorst".
The black wool cap is stamped inside with a manufacturer's red stamp.
The light brown leather sweatband bears also one manufacturer's stamp on the interior "02" and a diamond shaped mark and another stamp on the outside which is partially readable.
Please see the pictures.
~ Dimensions ~
The inner diameter of the cap is 21 inches (53 cm). A size Small.
~ Condition ~
The cap remains in good condition with only a small moth hole on the top.
~ The Scharnhorst Battleship ~
Scharnhorst was a German capital ship, alternatively described as a battleship or battlecruiser, of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. She was the lead ship of her class, which included one other ship, Gneisenau. The ship was built at the Kriegsmarinewerft dockyard in Wilhelmshaven; she was laid down on 15 June 1935 and launched a year and four months later on 3 October 1936. Completed in January 1939, the ship was armed with a main battery of nine 28 cm (11 in) C/34 guns in three triple turrets.
Scharnhorst and Gneisenau operated together for much of the early portion of World War II, including sorties into the Atlantic to raid British merchant shipping. During her first operation, Scharnhorst sank the auxiliary cruiser HMS Rawalpindi in a short engagement.
Scharnhorst and Gneisenau participated in Operation Weserübung (April–June 1940), the German invasion of Norway. During operations off Norway, the two ships engaged the battlecruiser HMS Renown and sank the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious as well as her escort destroyers Acasta and Ardent. In that engagement Scharnhorst achieved one of the longest-range naval gunfire hits in history.
In early 1942, after repeated British bombing raids, the two ships made a daylight dash up the English Channel from occupied France to Germany. In early 1943, Scharnhorst joined the Bismarck-class battleship Tirpitz in Norway to interdict Allied convoys to the Soviet Union. Scharnhorst and several destroyers sortied from Norway to attack a convoy, but British naval patrols intercepted the German force. During the Battle of the North Cape (26 December 1943), the Royal Navy battleship HMS Duke of York and her escorts sank Scharnhorst. Only 36 men were rescued, out of a crew of 1,968.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £12 or it can be picked up from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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