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WWII Nazi German Waffen SS Artillery EM'S Shoulder Straps Schulterklappen
Item #: JT514
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Black wool construction slip on shoulder straps with red rayon waffenfarbe piping. The bottom of the straps are in field-gray wool while the narrow slip on retaining tongues are in black wool with a black rayon reinforcement panel machine stitched to the reverse. The straps are in overall very good condition with minimal age and usage toning.
Originally shoulder straps for Allgemeine-SS, (General-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 or early 1939 and these army style shoulder boards/straps would be worn by all Waffen-SS personnel. Originally NCO ranks utilized a bright silver/aluminum tress on their shoulder straps and collars until April 25TH 1940 when a new subdued matte blue/grey tress was introduced to replace the highly visible, silver/aluminum tress, although the change over was never complete accomplished.
Price: $400.00 USD (Sale Pending)