New run (Fall 2022) of the first issue fatigue and field cap made in OD8 (sage green/ light shade HBT) spec 18-B. Patterned from original, unissued and unaltered samples, our caps feature 8 pleats and 4 air vents in the body. This cap was initially intended for armored troops and mechanics but was quickly adopted by all army personnel.
There is no difference between these caps and the later OD7 types than the color and the spec and stock numbers on their labels.
The HBT cap was worn by all troops from late 1942 onward. This cap (as well as the later od 7 type) was also used by the Marines (often with a metal EGA pinned to the front) for most of the War as their P44 cap did not appear until early 1945.
Short Ranger/ Paratrooper Visors: Over the years some sources have babbled about airborne and other elite US troops having shorter visors on their caps. That's a load of BS. Visors on the WWII production caps generally vary from 1.75" to 2".
Important Sizing Notes
1. If you wear a size we don't make (We DO NOT make sizes 6 7/8, 7 1/8, 7 3/8, 7 5/8 or 7 7/8) then simply order the next size larger. Do not order one smaller. This is apparently a shock to several people, but if you wear a 7 1/8, then a 7 will be too small.
2. All HBT caps and hats are slightly oversized (about 1/4") to allow for shrinkage. This is NOT an error. It is called experience. We have learned over the years that cotton caps shrink when they get wet and dry. Were we to make new caps true to size, they would end up too tight after they were washed or simply worn and sweated in. So, if your cap is a little loose when you try it on, that's OK. If it falls over your ears, then you need a smaller size...