Single SS Untersturmführer Officer Shoulder Board – Gebirgsjäger

Condition: Excellent

Branch: Waffen-SS

Piping: Green – Gebirgsjäger

SKU: JW1732 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This SS Untersturmführer Officer Shoulder Board is a really nice and scarce example of Waffen-SS insignia. The top part is made of silver wire braid. Below this is a layer of green wool Waffenfarbe piping, indicating that the wearer was a member of an SS-Gebirgsjäger unit (mountain troops). The underside of the board is made of typical black SS wool fabric, formed around a stiff internal reinforcement. This sew-in board was removed from a tunic, with traces of old stitch holes near the end where it was attached. It shows traces of honest wear, with very slight toning and nap wear to the underside. The rank of SS-Untersturmführer is an officer rank, equivalent to Lieutenant. This single SS Untersturmführer officer shoulder board is a desirable piece, uniform removed and from a desirable combat branch. It is in excellent 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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