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H072677 ARTILLERY FELDWEBEL/OFFIZIER CANDIDATES SHOULDER STRAP.(Schulterklappen)
BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben 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. Originally NCO ranks wore a bright silver/aluminum tress on the forward collar edge of the dress and service tunics, on the tropical and continental field blouses, as adornment on the shoulder straps and dress tunic cuffs and also as sleeve rank chevrons. On April 25TH 1940 a new subdued tress of matte blue/grey rayon was introduced for wear on the field uniform and a subdued golden tan rayon tress was introduced for wear on the tropical uniform. Although these new subdued tress’s were intended to replace the highly visible bright silver/aluminum tress it continued in usage until the end of the war. NCO personnel holding the ranks of Unteroffizier to Stabsfeldwebel inclusively who were Offizieranwärter, (Officer Candidates) were distinguished from the other NCO’s by the addition of dual NCO tress loops on their shoulder straps.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (November 1938-May 1940), second pattern, blue/green badge cloth construction, slip on shoulder strap with diamond patterned, rayon, NCO’s tress to all the outside edges, a single stamped alloy rank pip and red wool waffenfarbe piping. The slip on end of the strap has the addition of two, bright silver/aluminum diamond patterned NCO tress loops handstitched in place. Regimental numbers "20".
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