Product Description: This single Panzer collar tab is a really nice, uniform removed example. It’s made of typical black Panzer wool, edged with textbook pink rayon piping. The center of the tab has a great three-prong skull, which retains full original detail, and has only a slight, even age patina. The reverse of this single Panzer collar tab reveals the expected tan buckram stiffener inside, and machine stitching used to affix the pink Panzer piping. Some of the black thread used to machine stitch this tab to a Panzer wrap is also evident, as are the three prongs from the skull, which are intact, with no issues. There is no indication the skull has ever been removed from this tab. This is a hard to find piece of German Army Panzer insignia, that remains in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The first German tank, called a “Panzer” (for “armor”), appeared in 1918. In the interwar years, German military strategists discussed how this new weapon should be employed on future battlefields. The first Panzer Divisions were formed in 1935. The German approach to tanks was generally different from the concepts of other militaries. In the Wehrmacht, Panzers would lead operations. They would be able to conduct operations independently from other units. This innovative approach was a crucial part of the German “Blitzkrieg” strategy, that yielded great German victories in the early years of World War II. The Wehrmacht attempted to achieve further successes with Panzers by constantly introducing new and better tanks with greater destructive capabilities, or other armored fighting vehicles suited for more specialized roles. Eventually, the German Army would field nearly 50 Panzer Divisions; the Waffen-SS had an additional 7 Panzer divisions, and even the Luftwaffe had a Panzer division of their own. These were elite units, often engaged in constant combat on all fronts. Panzer crews wore distinctive black uniforms with deaths-head collar patches, and matching black field caps. Many Panzer commanders in the Heer and SS were highly successful in combat, and some even became well-known personalities in wartime Germany. Surviving material related to Panzer troops is extremely sought-after and collectible today.
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