BACKGROUND: The SS-TV, SS-Totenkopfverbände, (SS-Death’s Head Units), were originally formed in March 1933 as the SS-Wachverbände, (SS-Guard Units), as a component of the Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS). In April 1936 it was separated from the Allgemeine-SS and redesignated SS-Totenkopfverbände. In October 1939 personnel from the SS-Totenkopfverbände were recruited to compose the cadre of the newly forming SS-Totenkopf-Division and were replaced with the newly formed, SS-Totenkopf Wachsturmbanne, (SS-Death’s Head Guard Battalions). Originally personnel serving with the SS-Totenkopfverbände wore the same shoulder insignia as the Allgemeine-SS, (General -SS), and the SS-VT, SS-Verfügungstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), until March 1936 when new pattern shoulder insignia was introduced. The shoulder insignia for the SS-Totenkopfverbände, underwent a couple of minor modifications until 1939 when the final Army style shoulder insignia with distinguishing branch of service, (waffenfarbe), colors were adopted and utilized for the duration of the war. Personnel serving with the SS-Totenkopf Wachsturmbanne were allocated light brown waffenfarbe.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Sew on shoulder boards of matte silver/aluminum Russian braid, with a single, stamped, alloy rank pip to each with light brown wool waffenfarbe on a black wool base. The shoulder boards represents the rank of SS-Obersturmführer serving with the SS-Totenkopf Wachsturmbanne.

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