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H072176 ARTILLERY EM'S SHOULDER STRAP. (Schulterklappen)

BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (Branch of Service Color), piping, 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. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with bright red being chosen for, Artillerie, (Artillery), personnel which was generally displayed as piping on the shoulder straps. Of Note: Enlisted Artillery personnelís shoulder straps signify the ranks of Kanonier, Oberkanonier, 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, slip on shoulder strap with red wool waffenfarbe piping.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $45.00

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