Hats and Caps in WW II Field or Combat Uniforms

Hats and caps were used in a wide variety by U.S. military services during World War II, far too many for efficient supply. There was headgear for winter and summer, for officers and enlisted men, for many specialized tasks, and for special forces such as tank crews or airborne. During the course of the war there was a partially successful attempt to standardize on a much smaller number of types that would serve all needs across the global conflict.

Some of the Hats and Caps Used in World War II, OQMG Photo
Some of the Hats and Caps Used in World War II, OQMG Photo.

Today in WW II: 20 Aug 1939 Battle of Khalkhin Gol: Soviet Gen. Zhukov decisively defeats Japanese Imperial Army forces in the Japanese-Soviet border war in Inner Mongolia [20-31 Aug].  More 
20 Aug 1940 Winston Churchill refers to the valiant RAF pilots defending Britain: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'.
20 Aug 1944 168 captured allied airmen arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp, accused of being 'terror fliers' rather than legitimate combatants.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Hats and Caps in the World War II U.S. Military

Group of officers and enlisted men in service caps and garrison caps, during WW II.
Group of officers and enlisted men in service caps and garrison caps, during World War II.

This section of Olive-Drab has detailed information and photos for the most common types of hats and caps, the ones you will most likely see in photos of the war or the ones that will be used by reenactment groups for authenticity. Bear in mind that there are many exceptions and many small variations within these basic types.

Click on the link to go to the specialized page for each type of hat or cap:

Soldier wearing garrison cap with Combined Airborne insignia, including both the Glider and the Parachute.
Soldier wearing garrison cap with Combined Airborne insignia, including both the Glider and the Parachute.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

For good results, try entering this: ww ii hats or caps. Then click the Search button.