Product Description: This SS Mann Rank Tab is a great representative example. This pattern of collar tab was worn by SS soldiers of the lowest enlisted rank. It’s made of typical SS black wool badge cloth. The fabric shows light wear, with some evident wear to the corners as well as even surface wear that exposes the weave of the wool fabric. There is no rank pip or braid, and there never was; this is a correct rank tab for an SS-Mann (or SS-Panzergrenadier, SS-Funker or any of the other branch-specific ranks of this level). The reverse of this SS Mann Rank Tab shows the edges of the neatly folded badge cloth, as well as a white lattice backing. There is no RZM tag, and no indication that one was ever affixed. These rank tabs are a scarce piece of SS insignia to find. This one is excellent.
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 bodyguard 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 widespread 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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