BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (Branch of Service Color), piping, utilized by EM/NCOís 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 particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), which was displayed as piping on the shoulder straps with lemon yellow being chosen for Nachrichten, (Signals), personnel. Of Note: Enlisted Signals personnelís shoulder straps signify the ranks of Funker, Oberfunker, Gefreiter, Obergefreiter and Stabsgefreiter inclusively.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Late war, (Circa September 1944-May 1945), pattern slip on shoulder straps of reworked, mottled, field-grey wool/rayon blend material with lemon yellow rayon waffenfarbe piping. The bottoms of the shoulder straps and the slip on retaining tongues have a central, grey rayon reinforcement strip machine stitched in place and the waffenfarbe is also visible on the bottom of the straps. 

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $169.00

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