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H070278 MOUNTAIN TROOP/JÄGER OBERST'S SHOULDER BOARDS. (Schulterstücke)

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 different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with green being chosen for Gebirgsjäger, (Mountain Troop), and Jäger, (Light Infantry), personnel which was generally displayed as the base on the shoulder boards. Of Note: Due to the overlapping use of various shades of green waffenfarbe by Schützen, (Rifles), Gebirgsjäger, (Mountain troops), Jägers, (Light Infantry), and Panzer Grenadiers, (Armored Infantry), it is difficult to attribute the branch of service with absolute certainty.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slip on shoulder boards of interwoven, matt, silver/aluminum Russian braid mounted on a mid-green wool waffenfarbe bases with double rank pips to each. To bottom pips are perfectly matched while the upper two have been added indicating a period rank upgrade.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $149.00

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