BACKGROUND: On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben utilized by EM/NCO’s 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. Of Note: Due to the overlapping use of various shades of green waffenfarbe by Schützen, Jägers, Gebirgsjäger, and Panzer Grenadiers, it is difficult to attribute the branch of service with absolute certainty.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (November 1938-May 1940), second pattern, blue/green badge cloth construction, slip on shoulder strap with a single, stamped alloy, rank pip and "S" cypher (Shule). Mid-green wool waffenfarbe piping. The shoulder straps have diamond patterned NCO’s tress to all the outside edges with bright silver/aluminum tress to the sides and to the slip on end.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $179.00

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