BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (branch of service color), 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 in the German army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe color with golden yellow being chosen for Cavalry personnel which was displayed as piping on the shoulder straps.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later, second pattern, (circa May 1940), field-grey wool construction, slip on shoulder straps with subdued patterned, NCO’s tress to all the outside edges, and white rayon waffenfarbe. Triple rank pips to each. Pips are miss-matched which is common on period rank promoted insignia. Mounted to each are 1935 Wehrmacht pattern, silver washed, die stamped, alloy construction cyphers in the form of a Gothic, "L", with horizontally ribbed interiors and raised outer edges. The "L" indicates, Lehr, (Training/Demonstration). The German army had numerous "Lehr" units the most famous of which was the 130TH Panzer Lehr Division. Nice clean pair of original straps.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $279.00

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