H055079 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL'S SHOULDER BOARD. (Schulterstücke)

BACKGROUND: The German army had a tradition, dating from the 1700's, of maintaining a separate branch of Administrative Official’s attached to the army to oversee all administrative functions, thus freeing up active army Officer’s and allowing them to concentrate on actual military matters. The Official’s were responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks from Court Martial, Librarian, Supply, Technical and Meteorological Services, to School, Barracks, and Hospital administration. Most officials careers consisted of four varying grades, of high, elevated, medium and low grade with slightly differing identifying insignia for each grade. The grade of the career was determined by the education and/or experience of the individual. During the Reichswehr era the officials were divided into military and civilian personnel until December 22ND 1934 when the German High Command did away with the differentiation and consolidate all the officials into the newly formed Wehrmachtbeamte-Heer, (Armed Forces Officials-Army). Regulations of March 12TH 1937 reorganized the Officials and instituted the new Beamte auf Kriegsdauer a.K., (Wartime Official’s for the duration of the war), to be activated in times of mobilization. Originally the uniformed Official’s were allotted an identifying dark green branch of service color, (waffenfarbe), with a nebenfarbe, (secondary color), to indicate their actual career. Regulations of March 21ST 1940, replaced the assorted nebenfarbe colors with a secondary color of light grey for all Officials regardless of career or function. These shoulder boards signify an army official with the equivalent rank of Major. Of Note: Dark green was the branch of service color utilized by all army official’s with the secondary color indicating the actual function of the official. Over twenty-four assorted official positions used red or crimson as the secondary color making it virtually impossible to identify the function with any accuracy. Also Of Note: In January 1944 the Army instituted a new career for officers and certain officials, entitled, TSD, "Truppensonderdienst", (Special Service). This new career used light blue waffenfarbe and did away with secondary colors as worn by Officials in the other careers. On May 1ST 1944 all high grade career Administrative officials were transferred to the TSD.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Sew on shoulder board of interwoven matte silver/aluminum Russian braid with a fine dark green stripe separating the two outer and inner braids and a stamped alloy, overlapping, stylized, "HV", cypher indicating Heeres Verwaltung, (Army Administration) on a dark blue/green badge cloth waffenfarbe base with red wool nebenfarbe, (secondary color). The secondary color is sandwiched between the Russian braid and the blue/green badge cloth base and is just visible at the sides.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $49.00

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