Product Description: This is a nice example of a Waffen SS Rank Chevron. This pattern of insignia was worn on the field gray uniforms of Waffen-SS personnel with the rank of SS-Sturmmann, an enlisted rank. This original insignia consists of a single chevron of woven black and silver-gray rank Tresse. This chevron is factory machine sewn with straight stitching to a backing of black wool. This chevron is unissued, with no stitch holes or any other indication of ever having been affixed to a uniform sleeve. The Tresse shows only extremely minimal age toning, and all of the stitching is intact. There is no mothing or other damage to note. This Waffen SS Rank Chevron is clean and pristine, and remains in near mint condition.
Historical Description: Among the vast array of military, civil, political, and paramilitary uniformed organizations that proliferated during the Third Reich, rank was indicated in a myriad of ways. Many organizations used a system of rank insignia that was applied to the uniform, using collar or sleeve patches, or shoulder boards. Most military organizations used sleeve patches, often in the form of pips or chevrons, for enlisted ranks, sometimes with matching special collar tabs. NCO ranks were usually indicated with Tresse on collars and shoulder boards, while officer ranks were generally indicated with shoulder boards and generic “officer” collar tabs, with special rank-specific collar tabs for the highest ranks. The sleeve ranks were made in countless forms. Some organizations, such as the Waffen-SS, used an organizational color for the backing of all sleeve ranks, while other military branches, such as the German Army, issued sleeve ranks during wartime with backings that matched the color of the uniform. Ranks were made for all manner of specialized uniform parts, including black uniforms worn by armored vehicle crews, tropical uniforms, and even camouflage uniforms, which had their own special rank system for officers and NCOs.
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