WWII Overseas Cap For A GI In The 612th Tank Destroyers SOLD

A scarce theater made patch for caps in the colors of tank destroyer units.


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A stateside made overseas cap with red piping for an artilleryman in a tank destroyer unit.  Made of dark OD gaberdine wool, and lined in yellow satin; identified to a R.W. Gilbert  (however, the name is crossed out, so it may not be the soldier that used this in the TD unit.

Applied to the left front is a small shield shaped patch, 1.5 inches high, which is machine embroidered with border, and the yellow jagged shapes emanating upward from center, which are suppose to represent tank tread marks.  This was the second pattern, the first designed in 1942 (but rejected by the Quartermaster General) was  a black triangle with diagonal lightning bolt.  This second pattern offered here was approved in 1943.

The 612th Tank Destroyer Bn (self propelled), landing in Normandy a week after the. It spent its initial time with the 2nd Division.  It was present in the Battle of the Bulge, the capture of the Ruer River dam and more prior to its inactivation in October of 1945.

Condition is very good. A scarce insignia.  Size 7 1/8.

USPS Priority  $5.00