BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (Branch of Service Color), piping, utilized by EM/NCOís 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 specific identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), which was displayed as piping on the shoulder straps, with lemon yellow being chosen for Nachrichten, (Signals), personnel. 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 tressís were intended to replace the highly visible bright silver/aluminum tress it continued in usage until the end of the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later, second pattern, (Circa May 1940-May 1945), field-grey wool construction, slip on shoulder straps with bright, silver/aluminum, diamond patterned, NCOís tress to the outside edges of all but the slip on ends and lemon yellow rayon waffenfarbe piping. The bottoms of the shoulder straps and the slip on retaining tongues are also constructed in field-grey wool and the slip on tongues have a ribbed, greyish/tan cotton twill reinforcement panel machine stitched to the reverse. Couple of small moth holes. Nice worn and used example showing the expected age and wear.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $179.00

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