27th SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division Langemarck Collar Tab

Condition: Near Mint

Material: Wool

SKU: JW6900 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division collar tab is a desirable piece of SS foreign volunteer insignia. This pattern of collar tab was intended for wear by members of the 27. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division “Langemarck”. The body of this collar tab is constructed of a black wool badge cloth, formed around a buckram stiffener. The obverse is adorned with a machine-embroidered silver-grey sunwheel-style triskelion emblem. All of the original stitching is perfect. There are no stitch holes or any other indication this was ever worn. The reverse of this SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division collar tab shows textbook construction, with a typical tan buckram and silver stitching around the fabric edges. This unissued tab is extremely well-preserved, with no tears, holes or staining. It would be hard to upgrade. The condition rates as near mint.


Historical Description: Regulations for the SS Collar Tab went through quite an evolution in just a short 16 year period. The first SS Collar Tabs were introduced in 1929 by Heinrich Himmler as part of the newly introduced SS uniform code. Initially, tabs were worn by both lower rank SS men and their senior leaders. Lower ranks would wear a rank tab as well as a numbered unit identification tab, with senior leaders wearing their rank tabs on both collars. In 1933 the well known “SS” runic tab was adopted by Hitler’s personal body guard detachment, the “Leibstandarte” or “LAH”. The LAH used this runic tab in lieu of the numerical unit identification tab to identify them as members of the elite unit protecting the “Führer”. In 1934 the runic “SS” tabs were again adopted for use by the early “SS-VT” units. This adoption eventually led to the wide spread use of SS runic tabs by German Divisions; the later non-German volunteer units would not be permitted to wear the runes, and bore their own unit designed patch instead. SS Collar tabs can be found in an extraordinary variety of numbers, designs, and pipings depending on unit and rank, from hand-embroidered tabs worn by officers to mass produced embroidered and machine woven types that were used on combat uniforms.


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