Product Description: The well-known author, Sascha Weber, treats The Cuff Titles of the Wehrmacht in this important and up-to-date work. For the first time, all of the manufacturer’s variants as well as unofficial types of the campaign cuff titles “KRETA”, “AFRIKA”, “METZ 1944”, and “KURLAND”, are presented in detail on 200 illustrated pages, supplemented by numerous wartime photos and award documents. The reader is thus offered reliable help in the authentication of The Cuff Titles of the Wehrmacht. In addition, the historical background of these interesting and sought-after pieces of Wehrmacht insignia is treated, and the individual foundation decrees for the various awards reproduced, translated and explained. The Cuff Titles of the Wehrmacht is another valuable work for the beginner, as well as for the advanced collector; an informative and helpful addition to a collector’s library.
Historical Description: Cuff titles (Ärmelstreifen) are uniform accoutrements that have been used in the German military since the 19thcentury. Intended to foster a certain sense of ‘esprit de corps’ amongst members of the armed forces, they were authorized for wear by members of designated units for the duration of their service time within that unit. In the event of transfer out of the unit, the cuff title was to be removed from the service member’s uniform. During the Third Reich, the German military continued this tradition by instituting honorary cuff titles to certain ‘special’ formations. This practice is perhaps most well-known for its application amongst Waffen- ϟϟ units. Cuff titles were also authorized for wear within all branches of the Wehrmacht (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well. These unit-specific cuff titles are not to be confused with others, which were awarded for participation in a certain campaign. The tradition, within the German military of wearing cuff titles, continues into the 21st century with certain honor guard contingents of the Bundeswehr being permitted to wear unit-specific cuff titles.
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