BACKGROUND: Originally shoulder straps for Allgemeine-SS personnel were introduced on May 26TH 1933 at the same time as the SA shoulder straps were introduced. These first pattern shoulder straps were also worn by SS-VT, SS-Verfügungstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), and, SS-TV, SS-Totenkopfverbände units, (SS-Deaths Head units), which were to become the nucleus of the Waffen-SS. On their introduction the shoulder straps for both SS and SA personnel were identical. In July 1935 the first army style shoulder straps for EM/NCO’s were introduced to distinguish the armed SS-VT and SS-TK personnel from the political Allgemeine-SS personnel. Army style shoulder boards for Officer’s were introduced in early 1938 and distinguishing branch of service, (waffenfarbe), colors were adopted in 1939. The transition to the army style shoulder boards/straps was pretty much complete in late 1938-early 1939 and these army style shoulder boards/straps would be worn by all Waffen-SS personnel. Of Note: Company and Field grade Officer’s ranks originally utilized bright silver/aluminum Russian braiding on their shoulder boards until regulations of December 1939 discontinued the bright braiding for a more subdued, less visible matte braiding for camouflage purposes although the change over was never complete accomplished.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Sew on shoulder board of matte silver/aluminum Russian braid with one rank pips with cornflower blue waffenfarbe on a black wool base. Untouched perfect original. The shoulder board represents the rank of SS-Obersturmführer serving in a medical unit.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $149.00 

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