H062579 GENERAL STAFF MAJOR'S INSIGNIA SET.

BACKGROUND: Although military ranks and rank designations can be traced back to the mercenary armies of the 17TH century it wasn’t until the creation of standing armies in the early 18TH century that distinguishing insignia of rank began to be developed. Originally the shoulder straps were functional items designed to secure the saber and ammunition shoulder cross straps and the larger, metal trimmed epaulettes were a throw back to the protective shoulder pieces worn on medieval armor. By 1800 the epaulettes had lost their protective function and were retained as a badge of rank. In 1866 a new system of rank distinguishing Officer’s shoulder boards were introduced to replace the previously worn epaulettes although the epaulettes were retained for the parade and dress uniforms. Although the officer’s shoulder boards underwent numerous minor modifications they remained basically the same right up until the end of WWII. The Deutsche Generalstab, (German General Staff), with its long illustrious history was the highest administrative organization of the Armed Forces during the Third Reich. Certain select Officers from all branches of service were appointed to serve on the General Staff and were allocated crimson as their branch of service color. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Sew on shoulder boards with interwoven, matte silver/aluminum Russian braiding on crimson wool waffenfarbe bases. Comes with a matching pair of General Staff collar tabs in bright silver wire embroidery.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $400.00 (Or Best Offer)

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