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. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), which was displayed as the base on the shoulder boards with crimson/carmine being chosen for Veterinärn, (Veterinarian) personnel. Of Note: Crimson/carmine waffenfarben was also utilized by General Staff officers of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later, second pattern, (circa May 1940), field-grey wool construction, slip on shoulder strap with with subdued woven blue/grey diamond pattern rayon NCO’s tress to all the outside edges and crimson/carmine wool waffenfarbe. The bottom of the strap and the slip on retaining tongue are also in field-grey wool and the reverse of the slip on tongue has a ribbed brownish/grey cotton twill reinforcement panel machine stitched in place. The shoulder strap is in overall very good, clean condition.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $149.00

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