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H063076 MARKSMAN'S LANYARD NATIONAL EAGLE SHIELD. (Hoheitsabzeichen Schild für Schützenschnur)

BACKGROUND: Originally German army marksmen were distinguished by a series of sleeve stripes that were introduced on January 27TH 1928. These sleeve stripes remained in use until newly designed marksmen’s lanyards were introduced on June 29TH 1936. The lanyards were issued in twelve ascending grades with grade one being the lowest and grade twelve the highest. The grades were originally differentiated by a silver colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle for grades one through four with an additional acorn device for each successive grade, a silver colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle, crossed swords and a oak-leaf wreath for grades five through eight with an additional acorn device for each successive grade and a gilt colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle, crossed swords and a oak-leaf wreath for grades nine through twelve with an additional acorn device for each successive grade. On January 9TH 1939 the first pattern lanyard shields for grades one through four were replaced with the silver colored shield with a Wehrmacht eagle, crossed swords and a oak-leaf wreath that was slightly smaller then the first pattern shields for grades five through eight. The lanyards were awarded to qualifying EM/NCO’s and were accompanied with an award certificate. The lanyards were worn suspended from under the right shoulder strap and attached to the second top front closure button of most uniforms. Award of the marksmen’s lanyards was discontinued on February 14TH 1941 to be reinstituted at the successful conclusion of the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: First pattern, (circa June 1936-January 1939), national eagle shield for grades one to four marksmen’s lanyards. The insignia consists of a die stamped, matte aluminum, vertical shield shaped base with a pebbled background field and raised outer lip with a high relief, embossed, Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings to the center. The reverse of the shield is a mirror image of the obverse and all three original, soldered attachment prongs are intact.

GRADE ****1/4                                                         PRICE $49.00

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