BACKGROUND: The Reichsluftwaffe was official established on February 26TH 1935 as the third branch of service of the Armed Forces. On March 9TH 1935 the formation of the new Reichsluftwaffe was announced to the foreign press and on March 16TH conscription was reintroduced for all three branches of service. On May 21ST 1935 the Reichsluftwaffe designation was altered to Luftwaffe. Collar tabs were adopted by the newly formed Luftwaffe on April 14TH 1935 and followed the basic pattern of the collar tabs that had been utilized by its earlier civilian forerunner the, DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League). The collar tabs were worn in matching pairs and indicated the branch of service and rank of the wearer. The different branches of service within the Luftwaffe were allocated specific identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with rifle green being chosen for personnel serving with rifle regiments and guard units, of the Luftwaffe field divisions, which was generally displayed as the base color of the collar tabs. Of Note: The Luftwaffe field divisions were rapidly mobilized from Luftwaffe ground personnel in late 1942 and early 1943, to replace the massive lose of men on the Eastern front. Due to the lack of training and poor performance in the field, of the twenty-two divisions formed, seventeen were either destroyed or disbanded before the end of the war. In January 1943 distinctive, "Jäger-Grün", (Rifle-Green), collar tabs were introduced to identify the Luftwaffe field troops. Also Of Note: Due to their poor performance in the field the Luftwaffe field divisions were transferred to control of the Army on September 20TH 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Green wool construction collar tab with two, hand embroidered rank "gulls" positioned above an open topped, oak-leaf half-wreath all in bright silver/aluminum wire threads. The collar tab is piped in twisted silver/aluminum cord and is mounted on tan buckram backing.    (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $149.00

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