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American World War Two Garrison Cap which was also called the Overseas cap.
These Garrison caps are made by Kay Canvas and are made from a specially commissioned run of wool to ensure the correct colour and feel of the war time ones, do not confuse these with other replica hats which are made from a high nylon content or which are too short in the height so they do not fit correctly. These side caps are one of the best replicas available a lot of time and effort has gone into making sure the colour and fabric is correct including the correct shade of blue for the Infantry piping.
The US Garrison side cap was introduced in 1939 to replace the peaked service cap. The side cap was often called the Overseas cap as the peaked service cap was still worn at times state side, but apart from the Military Police it was only worn in Europe at very special occasions, the garrison side cap was almost the only headwear worn in Europe with the A Class dress uniform.
The O.D. (Olive Drab) wool garrison cap was worn with the A class dress uniform (4 pocket tunic or the short Ike jacket) and when you wearing the M9137 wool trousers and wool shirt, or with the likes of the M41 field jacket. It can be seen being worn around camp, while travelling and while training or simply down town at a dance or pub. It can be seen almost anywhere except the front line.
The US Army Garrison cap of WW2 had coloured braid running around the edge of the hat which denoted the wearer Branch Of Service.
The garrison cap is made in the brown (O.D.) wool colour and is fitted with the blue braid piping for the Infantry which also covers the US Paratroopers.
The side cap was usually worn with the units regimental badge pinned on the left hade side at the front. This is the correct overseas cap for any Infantry unit in WW2.