German SA Kepi – Black top.
This colour represents members belonging to the Berlin Gau. A Fine reproduction German SA kepi in tan with black trim and early political eagle in silver. Complete with brown leather chin strap, rayon liner and leather sweatband. We also offer the matching brown shirt , collar tabs,
The SA Brown shirts Sturmabteilung. Historical Information.
The SA stormtroopers Sturmabteilung was essentially the paramilitary wing of the NSDAP. They offered security at early Nazi meeting when groups of communists agitators would regularly try and break up gatherings with violence. So a Strong force was needed to protect these meetings. They became hardened street fighters with many dying in violent street clashes. Horst Wessel became the most famous SA Martyr. The famous song “Die Fahne hoch” (“Raise the Flag”, lit. ‘”The Flag High”‘), was the anthem of the NSDAP.
The SA uniform originated by chance when a surplus stock of tropical/colonial shirts was found in Austria. These were quickly utilized as a uniform. The
brown shirts` were born. Matching Brown wool or cotton breeches completed the outfit. A multi piece wool Swastika armband was worn on the left sleeve. Rank and Gau insignia is a confusing mix with constant changes and updates. However the kepi trim is quite easy to follow and depicts certain regions (GAU) which the Gruppen (divisions) belonged to. Other Gau`s included red for Munich and turquoise for Hamburg.