Allied prisoner of war peaked cap

Place Europe: Germany
Accession Number RELAWM05406.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Leatherette, Wool
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Allied prisoner of war black woollen peaked cap with brown cotton hat band. A pair of metal eyelets are fixed to either side of the cap's crown for ventilation. The crown is lined with black leatherette and the sweatband is fawn coloured linen.

History / Summary

First World War allied prisoners of war (POW) from the ranks in Germany were issued with black dyed uniforms with an identifying brown cotton band or stripe. Most uniforms were supplied by the British Red Cross, who had an arrangement with Germany to transport the uniforms on neutral ships. These POW uniforms were standard British Army khaki uniforms dyed and modified for easy identification of the wearer's status. Officers were permitted to wear their own uniforms.