H065889 RECONNAISSANCE/MOTORCYCLE HAUPTMANN'S INSIGNIA SET.
BACKGROUND:Although military ranks and rank designations can be traced back to the mercenary armies of the 17TH century it wasn't until the creation of standing armies in the early 18TH century that distinguishing insignia of rank began to be developed. Originally the shoulder straps were functional items designed to secure the saber and ammunition shoulder cross straps and the larger, metal trimmed epaulettes were a throw back to the protective shoulder pieces worn on medieval armor. By 1800 the epaulettes had lost their protective function and were retained as a badge of rank. In 1866 a new system of rank distinguishing Officer's shoulder boards were introduced to replace the previously worn epaulettes although the epaulettes were retained for the parade and dress uniforms. Although the officer's shoulder boards underwent numerous minor modifications they remained basically the same right up until the end of WWII. 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. During the Third Reich era collar tabs for company and field grade Officers ranks underwent two minor alterations with the main modification being in the material and the form of construction utilized. The company and field grade Officers style collar tabs were worn in matching pairs by the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), which was generally displayed as the base on the shoulder boards. Originally Aufklärungs, (Reconnaissance), personnel where allotted pink or golden yellow waffenfarbe until regulations of July 6TH 1939 altered the waffenfarbe to copper brown and extended its use to Kradschützen, (Motorcycle Infantry), personnel. The German armed forces utilized a wide variety of shoulder board/strap cyphers that indicated numerous specific, assorted trades, careers, functions and/or units.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slip on shoulder boards of interwoven, matt, silver/aluminum Russian braid mounted on a copper brown wool waffenfarbe bases. Comes with a nice pair of matching tabs.
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $238.00
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