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H061371 PANZER EM'S SHOULDER STRAPS. (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 specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with pink being chosen for Panzer, (Armored), personnel which was generally displayed as piping on the shoulder straps. Of Note: The general waffenfarbe for all armored units was pink although other colors were utilized including red for armored artillery units, golden yellow for armored reconnaissance units and the 24TH Panzer Division, lemon yellow for armored signals units and, for a short time, alternating black and white for armored engineer units. With the introduction of the black Panzer Wrap tunic for wear by armored vehicle personnel on November 12TH 1934 matching black shoulder straps were also introduced. Also Of Note: Enlisted Panzer personnel’s shoulder straps signify the ranks of Panzerschütze, Panzeroberschütze, Gefreiter, Obergefreiter and Stabsgefreiter inclusively with the specific rank displayed as sleeve insignia.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (Circa November 1938-May 1940), second pattern, blue/green badge cloth construction, sew on shoulder straps with pink wool waffenfarbe piping. Straps may have had a cypher at one point, looks like there may have been one removed.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $169.00

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