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Wehrmacht company buttons for shoulder straps. The fieldgrey versions were worn on the field tunics, those with aluminium finish were generally worn on the parade tunics.

I. Bataillon
1. Kompanie
2. Kompanie
3. Kompanie
4. Kompanie

II. Bataillon
5. Kompanie
6. Kompanie
7. Kompanie
8. Kompanie

III. Bataillon
9. Kompanie
so far to date

IV. Bataillon
13. Kompanie
so far to date

Note: The fieldgrey buttons for 6 or 9 in these examples are without a "dot" behind the number, interchangeable. The aluminium versions have the "dot" behind the number, so definitely a 6 or a 9. Various maker marks to rear of buttons. Some have an RZM mark.

Company numbers were worn only by other ranks and NCOs, never by officers.

The company numbers were also indicated by the colours of the bayonet knots.

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Company Insignia, bayonet knots - Seitengewehrtroddel:
For Unteroffizier, no company designation
I. Bataillion
1. Kompanie

II. Bataillon
6. Kompanie
7. Kompanie
8. Kompanie

Officers dagger knot and sword knot - Portépées, also bayonet knot for senior NCOs

Sword hanger for officers and two sets of dagger hangers for officers and senior NCOs

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Officers cap insignia, aluminium eagle, hand-embroidered cockade and oakwreath still in original cellophane wrapper
Tunic insignia for a Leutnant of Infantry for field uniform, toned aluminium thread, the shoulder pieces still in original cello wrapper, the collar patches slightly missmatched

Collar patches, infanterie, various periods
M.35 - these still stitched together, M.38 and M.40 - these examples are mounted on a darkgreen backing, usually they were stitched directly onto the (fieldgrey) collar

Shoulder straps, infanterie:
Feldwebel, Füsilier-Regt. 27, early pattern for field uniform, no piping, pointed form, significance of yellow loop not known
Oberfeldwebel, Infanterie--Regt.69, early pattern, white piping, stitch in type

Stabsfeldwebel M.35
Oberfeldwebel, Infanterie-Regt. 9, Potsdam, M.35, probably midwar
Other ranks, Infanterie, M.35 and M.40, early to midwar production

Rank badges, chevrons
Oberschütze, Oberkanonier, etc.
Gefreiter
Stabsgefreiter (not illustrated)
Obergefreiter
Oberstabsgefreiter

Insignia, Gebirgstruppe, etc., introduced May 1939
Top row: Edelweiss for peaked cap, for Bergmütze and oakleaves for Jäger (Bergmütze)
For right upper tunic sleeve, variations

Tätigkeitsabzeichen - trade badges, see extra article on this

Army marksmanship lanyard - Schützenschnur, lowest grade - Stufe I, 2nd. Form

Kavallerie
See under earlier topic

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Collar patches, Kradschützen - motorcycle troops, light brown Waffenfarbe
Shoulder straps, Unteroffizier, Panzergrenadiere, light green piping, fieldgrey, from 1940 till midwar

Belt Buckles:
Parade dress, lightweight aluminum two piece construction
Service dress, fiedlgrey early aluminium, dated 1937 on leather tab by R.Sieper & Söhne, Lüdenscheid
Service dress, fieldgrey steel, on leather tab dated 1940, buckle marked B&N 40, facing has lost most finish
Service dress, fieldgrey steel, on leather tab marked G.Brehmer, Markneukirchen 1940, with most of original finish

Artillery:
Collar from Feldbluse M.36 for Unteroffizier, with shoulder straps
Artillerie-Regiment 4, Dresden, early pattern shoulder staps, M.36 pattern shoulder straps
Artillerie-Regiment 4, Dresden (from same source), shoulder straps M.40, fieldgrey and trade badge for Funker, Artillerie - artillery signaler

Collar patches and shoulder pieces for a Feldwebel, Nachrichten - signals, Waffenfarbe: lemon yellow  (see previous posting Feldwebel J. Schatz under documentation)
 

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Insignia for an Oberarzt (Oberfeldarzt), Sanitätsdienst, grey toned shoulder pieces for field uniform, rank stars slightly missmatched. Waffenfarbe dark blue.
Shoulder insignia for a Waffenmeister of the artillery, gilt officer rank.

 

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Spare collar for an officer' or private purchase tunic, never fitted.
A collar liner for the Feldbluse, attached with three buttons to the inside of the collar. These were checked every day by inspection, the white had to be immaculate, otherwise disciplinary measures.

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Collar liner for officer's or private purchase tunic, they were attached using the three button holes with hinged clips to the inside of the tunic collar. Stiffened, starched, fine white linnen. Maker's trade mark Legie and size stamped.

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Panzer Insignia:
For overseas cap, eagle M.40, grey and cockade, this woven on a greygreen material, Bevo type manufacture,
cut out, but not used.
Single collar patch, left, Aluminium skull, pink piping somewhat faded.

Insignia for M.34 overseas cap
Eagle, white on dark green backing
Cockade on moss green backing, Bevo type production, unused

Insignia for M.43 field cap
Bevo type, grey on Reseda green, eagle and cockade on one patch, unused

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Breast Eagles, M.36 for officers and for all parade tunics

Handwoven example, removed from uniform, minimal wear
Machine woven example, flatwire, removed from uniform, minimal wear, slight moth nip

2 Breast Eagles, M.36 for other ranks field tunic
First example, removed from uniform
Second example, unused, was found inside the breast pocket of a vey well battle-worn and soiled signals officer tunic, together with an old paperclip

2 Examples of M.40 breast eagles, both tunic removed, some slight wear and fraying to edges where removed.
 

 

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Das letzte Aufgebot: VOLKSSTURM
Printed flimsy white cotton, stitched together, some slight tears to the rear due to removal from a uniform.

 

 

 

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