Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this rare and extremely desirable Obergruppenführer Shoulder Board Set. These gorgeous shoulder boards were intended for wear by an officer with the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer, a high rank equivalent to lieutenant general. These boards show evidence of having been affixed to a uniform, indicating they were likely actually worn by an SS General before 1945. The tops of these are stunning, with intertwined gold wire and silver “Russia braid” that retain eye-catching original luster. Each board retains two large original officer rank pips, which show lovely original silver finish. These are sew-in type boards, as one would expect for this rank, with stitch holes from having been sewn into the shoulder seams. The underside of each board is made of fine gray wool badge cloth which has been formed around an internal stiffener. The prongs of the rank pips are all visible and intact. There is no mothing, no holes or damage of any kind. SS General insignia is extremely difficult to obtain. This Obergruppenführer Shoulder Board Set would likely be impossible to upgrade, and is in outstanding, near mint condition.
Historical Description: The German military as well as civil, political and paramilitary organizations traditionally used shoulder straps and shoulder boards as uniform insignia, to denote the rank or function of the wearer. After the Nazi rise to power in 1933, there was a tremendous increase in the number of groups and organizations in Germany wearing officially sanctioned uniforms, and most of these organizations used shoulder straps and shoulder boards as a component of their regalia. The exact color of piping utilized, the material color, the type of braid or Tresse that was used, and the number or location of devices and pips present, allow shoulder boards to be tracked to the exact organization that issued them, and often yield even further detail such as the wearer’s rank and even his specific military unit. Normally worn in pairs, the boards were in some cases plain, and in other cases adorned with detailed embroidery or metal emblems. Some shoulder boards were made in the millions, others were specific to a single individual.
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