H054679 SMOKE TROOPS EM'S SHOULDER STRAP. (Schulterklappe)

BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben 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. Of Note: Enlisted Cavalry personnelís shoulder straps signify the ranks of Reiter, Oberreiter, Gefreiter, Obergefreiter and Stabsgefreiter inclusively. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with wine red being chosen for Nebeltruppen, (Smoke Troops), personnel which was generally displayed as the base on the shoulder boards. Of Note: The Smoke Troops branch of service color was originated by combining the light blue of Transport troops and the bright red of Artillery troops. Although designated "Bordeauxrot" (wine red), it generally had a distinctive purple hue. Also Of Note: The term Nebeltruppen was actually a camouflage term utilized by rocket launcher troops.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (November 1938-May 1940), second pattern, blue/green badge cloth construction, sew on shoulder strap with Bordeauxrot wool waffenfarbe. The letter "S" (School) has been removed from the strap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $69.00

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