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.
Today in WW II: 21 Jan 1942 Rommel's second offensive drives the British 8th Army back almost 300 miles, halting on 4 Feb between Gazala and Bir Hacheim, 30 miles west of Tobruk, Libya.
Hats and Caps in the World War II U.S. Military
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.
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