I don't know where this belongs so I will post it here. I bought this Ushanka from an army surplus supplier about 10 years ago: It's supposed to be an East German military Ushanka. It does not say DDR on it anywhere. It did have a plastic label with some numbers in the head liner but it fell off. I retired it for the season back in April and told my wife to wash it and I think it should have been dry cleaned instead because when I tried it on a few minutes ago there didn't feel like there was any insulation between the inner and outer layers on top. So it may have disintegrated. Although if it was a military item meant to be worn in the field then it should have made it through the wash. I doubt the miltary would actually dry clean things maybe with the exception of formal uniforms not intended to be worn in the field. The main reason I bought it was winter . Here in East Tennessee it doesn't get that cold and typically I can get by with a pair of jeans, flannel shirt, army jacket and no head gear in January but it sures feels nice when the temperature drops into the 20s (F). Then people start asking me, "Where did you get that hat?" since not even military surplus stores sell them due to our climate. Any idea if this is a surplus item from the DDR or they just said it was? The hat did have the compass symbol emblem pin on the front. There is a lot of military items on Ebay from the DDR era so it's quite possible.