H007579 INFANTRY EM'S SHOULDER STRAP. (Schulterklappen)

BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (Branch of Service Color), piping, utilized by EM/NCO’s were replaced with a rounded tip shoulder strap that included the branch of service waffenfarben. Originally these second pattern straps were manufactured in blue/green badge cloth until regulations in May 1940 altered their construction to field-grey wool. These second pattern shoulder straps were worn for the duration of the war although a third and final pattern was introduced in September 1944. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with white being chosen for Infanterie, (Infantry), personnel which was generally displayed as piping on the shoulder straps. Of Note: Enlisted Infantry personnel’s shoulder straps signify the ranks of Schütze, Oberschütze, Gefreiter, Obergefreiter and Stabsgefreiter inclusively with the specific rank displayed as sleeve insignia.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later, second pattern, (Circa May 1940-May 1945) field-grey wool construction, slip on shoulder strap with white wool, waffenfarbe piping and the chain stitched, regimental numerals "82", in white threads. The bottoms of the shoulder strap is in field-grey wool.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $79.00

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