L016489 HERMANN GÖRING DIVISION OBERLEUTNANT'S COLLAR TAB. (Kragenspiegel)
BACKGROUND: The Reichsluftwaffe was officially established on February 26TH 1935 as the third branch of service of the German 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 Regiment General Göring was formed in September 1935 from the previous Landes Polizei Gruppe General Göring, and became the premier unit of the fledgling Luftwaffe. On March 12TH 1936 the unit exchange their Police uniforms for Luftwaffe uniforms, and it was at this time that personnel were issued the distinctive white waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), collar tabs. The unit went through assorted upgrades and enlargements until October 1942 when it was designated Division Hermann Göring, and retained the right to wear the white collar tabs. Of Note: Regulations of January 4TH 1943 introduced additional branch of service colors for personnel of the Hermann Göring units and further regulations of April 2ND 1943 abolished the collar tab piping.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: White wool construction collar tab with two hand embroidered rank "gulls" positioned above an opened top, oak-leaf half-wreath all in bright silver/aluminum wire threads. The collar tab is piped in twisted bright silver/aluminum cord and mounted on light buckram base. Some staining, but not bad.
GRADE **** PRICE $149.00
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