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WWII Luftwaffe Grade Two Anti-Aircraft Artillery Markman's Lanyard Schützenschnur, Grad Zwei
Item #: JJK6
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The grade two, anti-aircraft artillery, marksmen’s lanyard consists of a roughly, 9 1/2", (24 cm), long, 3/4", (2 cm), wide, interwoven cord in Luftwaffe blue/gray, artificial silk with bright, silver/aluminum wire threads interwoven in a repeating "V" pattern. The top and bottom edges of the interwoven cord each have a bright, interwoven, silver/aluminum wire slide and silver flecked, blue/gray artificial silk, button attachment loops. The top of the lanyard cord has a roughly, 2", (5 cm), tall, 1 5/8", (4.2 cm), wide, vertically oval, matte silver washed, die stamped, aluminum alloy shield featuring an outer oak-leaf wreath encompassing a cut-out, nicely detailed, second pattern, (Circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe style eagle, clutching a canted swastika in one talon. The shield retains about 95% of it’s matte silver wash. The shield is mounted on a rosette base in the same cord material as the lanyard with a handstitched on, protective, blue/gray wool backing. The bottom of the lanyard has the addition of a small, wire bullion "artillery shell". The addition of the "artillery shell" indicates a grade, two, anti-aircraft artillery marksmen’s lanyard.
The Reichsluftwaffe, (National Air-{Weapon}, Force), was official established on February 26TH 1935 as the third branch of service of the Wehrmacht, (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 military service. On May 21ST 1935 the Reichsluftwaffe designation was altered to Luftwaffe, (Air-{Weapon}, Force). Originally, (Circa April 1935), Luftwaffe marksmen were distinguished by the Heer, (Army), pattern series of marksmen’s sleeve stripes that were introduced during the Weimar Reichswehr era, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), on January 27TH 1928. On June 29TH 1936 the army introduced a new pattern marksmen’s lanyard to replace the previously used sleeve stripes and on September 30TH 1936 the Luftwaffe followed the army’s lead by introducing their own pattern marksmen lanyards. The Luftwaffe marksmen’s lanyards were issued in twelve ascending grades with grade one being the lowest and grade twelve being the highest. The lanyards were bestowed to EM/NCO personnel who had achieved a certain proficiency with weapons ranging from personal, hand held weapons up to large anti-aircraft artillery weapons. The color of the lanyard cords and shield insignia and the addition of acorn accoutrements differentiated the specific grades. Regulations of June 11TH 1937 introduced artillery shell accoutrements to replace the acorn accoutrements for qualified personnel utilizing anti-aircraft artillery weapons. The lanyards were accompanied with an award certificate and were worn suspended from under the right, shoulder strap and affixed to the top, front, closure button of almost all uniforms. The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV, Deutscher Luftsportsverband, (German Air Sports Association), the clandestine, civilian, forerunner of the Luftwaffe on August 18TH 1934 and was officially adopted for wear by all Luftwaffe personnel on March 1ST 1935. The original first pattern national eagle was utilized until a, slightly modified, second pattern national eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Of Interest: Award of the army marksmen’s lanyards was discontinued on February 14TH 1941 to be reinstituted at the successful conclusion of the war while it seems that eligible Luftwaffe personnel continued wear of their marksmen’s lanyards through-out the conflict. This example is a grade two marksmen’s lanyard for anti-aircraft artillery personnel. Of Note: The Flak-Art, Flugzeugabwehrartillerie, (Anti-Aircraft Artillery), arm of service is often viewed as a secondary arm of service within the Luftwaffe when in fact during the war between half and two thirds of all Luftwaffe personnel served in a Flak unit.
Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
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