H012790 PANZER COLLAR TAB SKULLS. (Kragenspiegel Totenkopf)

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 new Panzer wrap collar tabs consisted of a black rectangular base with pink branch of service piping and the "Danziger" style skull and crossbones as their centerpiece. The skulls and crossbones were worn through-out the war with minor manufacturing variations. Of Note: The general branch of service color 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: Stamped aluminum, Prussian "Danziger" style skulls. The skulls features circular eye and triangular nose cut-outs, a subtly pebbled skull with embossed cranium detailing and dual rows of teeth with no bottom jaw. The skulls have the crossbones extending outwards from either side. The skulls have a hollow reverse which is a mirror image of the obverse. Prongs complete. Nice set!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $298.00

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