L000272 "AFRIKA" EM/NCO'S CUFFTITLE. (Afrika Ärmelstreiffen)

BACKGROUND: In February 1941 the German DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), arrived in Tripoli to assist the Italians in their failing North African campaign. The DAK ground units were supplemented with Luftwaffe air and anti-aircraft support units and eventually with the Herman Göring Division and the Fallschirm Lehr-Brigade, (Paratroop Instruction/Demonstration Brigade). Regulations of March 16TH 1942 introduced a new cufftitle for wear by all Luftwaffe personnel actively serving in North Africa. Personnel transferred out of the North African theatre were to remove the cufftitle although it was permitted for wear by personnel who had been wounded in North Africa and been sent to a continental European hospital and by those at home on temporary leave. The cufftitle for Officer ranks had bright silver/aluminum embroidery while the cufftitle for EM/NCO’s had the embroidery in silver/grey threads.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 35mm tall, 44cm long, deep navy blue wool construction cufftitle with machine embroidered, block letter, Latin script, "AFRIKA" in light silver/grey threads. The cufftitle has the typical opened back construction with the top and bottom edges folded over and machine stitched to the reverse. The reverse of the embroidered script has black fabric base.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $499.00 (Or Best Offer)

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