Soft Cap 1916

The early type of cap worn by the British Army in 1914-15 was stiffened, and made an easy target for German snipers, but in 1916 a softer, less shaped version was issued. This example is made of denim which probably dates it as 1918. The chin strap is of black leather which would be expected for a light infantry unit. Later in 1916 the steel helmet was worn by all ranks and the cap reserved for non-combat duties.

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