H012590 PANZER COLLAR TAB SKULLS. (Kragenspiegel Totenköpfe)

BACKGROUND: The use of collar ornamentation on military uniforms was utilized by numerous assorted nations with the main function being the indication of the wearers rank and/or branch of service. In November 1934 the Germans introduced the black Panzer wrap tunic for the newly formed armored units and it was worn through-out the war with minor modifications in 1936 and 1942. Along with the new black Panzer wrap tunic the Germans also introduced the unique Panzer collar tabs which utilized the old Prussian "Danziger" style skull and crossbones. The skulls and crossbones were worn through-out the war with minor manufacturing variations. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), which was generally displayed on the collar tabs with pink being chosen for Panzer, (Armored), personnel. Of Note: The general waffenfarbe for all armored units was pink although other colors were utilized including red for armored artillery units, golden yellow for armored reconnaissance units and the 24TH Panzer Division, lemon yellow for armored signals units and, for a short time, alternating black and white for armored engineer units. Also Of Note: The "Danziger" style skull and crossbones were also worn on the field-grey Assault Artillery wrap tunic.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Pair of silver washed, stamped alloy construction, Prussian "Danziger" style skulls and crossbones feature circular eye and triangular nose cut-outs, embossed cranium detailing and dual rows of teeth with no bottom jaw. All prongs are complete.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $275.00

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