Product Description: This Panzer Shooting Lanyard Grade 1 is a terrific piece. Panzer lanyards have gotten quite tough to find, and this one is complete and in excellent condition. The Heer pattern aluminum wire braided lanyard remains bright, and has no fraying or other damage. Both ends retain the original loops that would allow this to button to the dress or service uniform of a Panzer gunner. The metal emblem on this Panzer Shooting Lanyard Grade 1 is great, with loads of original finish, and no wear. The emblem is zinc based, and there is some very minor finish loss that adds visual contrast. These Panzer marksmanship emblems depict a German Panzer tank and national eagle and swastika emblem, with a “wreath” made of tank track links, a striking design seen only on these lanyards. This Panzer Shooting Lanyard Grade 1 is for a soldier who achieved the minimum score necessary to earn the award. The reverse has an original field gray wool disk to protect the uniform from the emblem’s metal prongs, as well as a strip of white rayon running along the length of the lanyard, also to spare the uniform from wear. The condition on this choice piece is excellent; it doesn’t appear to have been worn much, if at all.
Historical Description: Marksmanship was a highly valued skill in the militaristic culture of the Third Reich. For soldiers, of course, this skill was taught and trained, and soldiers were expected to achieve marksmanship proficiency. Members of paramilitary organizations such as the Hitler Youth also trained with the use of weapons, and of course there were civilian shooting clubs that held events and competitions as well. There were a myriad of different kinds of marksmanship awards that were used to recognize this skill. In the SS, and early in the German Wehrmacht, sleeve insignia was used in different patterns to display different levels of rifle qualification. Later, the Heer and Luftwaffe used special lanyards for this purpose. Heer and Luftwaffe lanyards used distinctive emblem patterns, as did the Panzer branch of the Heer. The lanyards were produced in many different grades for which a soldier could qualify, and were not worn on the field uniform. Because of this, issue of these lanyards were discontinued around the start of WWII. Civilian and paramilitary groups had their own wide array of different marksmanship awards, ranging from pins and badges to non-portable medals and award plaques.
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