German WWII 17th Infantry Regiment Traditions Braunschweig Skull for Cap


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During World War 2 the German Army had some regiments use what were known as tradition insignia on their caps. These were in honor of the previous famous regiments who wore them on their caps during the pre and wartime years of the first World War. This example showing a skull over 2 crossed bones was known as the Braunschweig Skull, this type of insignia was only allowed to be worn by members of the German 17th Infantry first and fourth companies in commemoration of the 92nd Imperial Brunswick Infantry Regiment. These are very hard to find in the wild as most are unfortunately put on caps post war by collectors and dealers. This example is perfect with a nice layer of uncleaned patina, and has all the reverse hardware still intact!

Note – During WWII, The 17th Infantry Division fought in Poland in 1939, France in 1940 and participated in the invasion of Russia in 1941. Pulled out of Russia and sent to France in mid-1942 the 17th was transferred back to southern Russia in February 1943. After fierce fighting and heavy casualties the 17th Infantry Division was withdrawn to southern Poland in late 1944, and ended up surrendering in Czechoslovakia in April 1945.