H047179 SIGNALS RECONNAISSANCE UNTERWACHTMEISTER’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 particular identifying waffenfarbe, color which was displayed as piping on the shoulder straps with lemon yellow being chosen for Signals personnel. Originally NCO ranks wore a bright silver/aluminum tress on the forward collar edge of the dress and service tunics, on the tropical and continental field blouses, as adornment on the shoulder straps and dress tunic cuffs and also as sleeve rank chevrons. On April 25TH 1940 a new subdued tress of matte blue/grey rayon was introduced for wear on the field uniform and a subdued golden tan rayon tress was introduced for wear on the tropical uniform. Although these new subdued tress’s were intended to replace the highly visible bright silver/aluminum tress it continued in usage until the end of the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later, second pattern, (circa May 1940-1945), field-grey wool construction, sew on shoulder strap with lemon yellow rayon waffenfarbe piping and matte blue/grey, diamond patterned, rayon NCO’s tress to all but the sew on ends. Of Note: The Signals rank of Unterwachtmeister was equivalent to the standard army rank of Unteroffizier. Comes with "A" slip on cypher. Nice.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $159.00

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