The reversible camouflaged 2nd model Waffen-SS field cap was introduced
in December 1942 under the authority of Himmler (officially the
1st pattern non-reversible camouflage field cap was instituted
in June 1942). It was constructed from the same cotton camouflage
material as pullovers, showing the autumn and spring patterns.
The sweet band is normally shown on the autumn side of the cap.
These caps were either plain or had two ventilation holes with
zinc metal grommets attached on each side. Regular Waffen-SS insignia
was ordered worn on the cap front after December 1942 but it only
lasted a few weeks before SS regulations indicated to remove all
insignia. The insignia consisted of a machine-woven, dark tan
on black deaths head and eagle for used in the autumn side and
in bright green on black for the spring side.
Concerning the Waffen-SS camouflage patterns Professor Otto Schick
who was the Director in charge made studies in selecting the correct
camouflage patterns. Originally the camouflage patterns were hand
painted, and later a roll printing press was used. The waterproof
duck was printed on both sides for the camouflage caps. These
caps were later modified using drill material, which was printed
on one side. If you like to find out more about SS Headgear, I
recommend Bender's book "Headgear of Hitler's Germany" Volume
2 by Halcomb and Saris.