SS Officer Mountain Troop Shoulder Boards


Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW4398 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: These SS Officer Mountain Troop shoulder boards are a great set, with a very appealing, field worn look. These shoulder boards would have been worn by an SS-Obersturmführer in an SS-Gebirgsjäger unit. The tops are made of a typical metallic braid, in the matte style intended for field uniforms. This braid shows typical, honest wear as well as toning from age and use. Each board has green wool branch piping, for Gebirgsjäger, and is backed with typical black SS wool fabric. Each board also has a single small rank pip. These pips are original to the boards and show clear traces of having been on the boards for a long time. These are sewn-in style shoulder boards, with the ends showing small traces of stitching from having been affixed to an officer’s uniform. These desirable and scarce SS Officer Mountain Troop shoulder boards display very well, and are 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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