Germany - Third Reich
Third Reich “Waffen-SS” officer’s visor cap
The Waffen-SS or “armed” SS became an independent branch of the German armed forces in 1940 following their spectacular successes in Poland and France. Both field-gray (as seen here) and gray-green versions can be found. Actually, this particular gray is a little lighter than usual and better matches the uniform of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), which was a police organization that also wore SS uniforms. The skull is a recent replacement and several other details make me doubt the overall authenticity of the cap. Nevertheless, even if it’s fake, it’s about the best I’ve ever seen!