The standard "collar tab" was called a
Kragenpatte in German. The term "patte" could refer to
the entire insignia, or to just the backing.
Doppellitze - (double
The coloured stripes
Litzenspiegel (Braid mirrors)
The page on Enlisted Men's collar insignia provides a brief
history of this insignia, and the many changes in such. For officers, there appear
to have been fewer changes, and while Enlisted Men's collar insignia was changed to create
"universal" patterns, German officers retained their branch - affiliations
throughout the war.
As the war progressed, officers did choose to wear Enlisted
Men's uniforms and insignia while in the field, but the specific insignia authorized for
wear did not seem to vary from the insignia described below. There were no
"universal" collar patches, either in field grey or "tropical"
pattern, etc., for officers.
|Doppellitze - light grey
Kragenpatte - dark green cloth to match the new collars
Mittelstreife - dark green to match the new collars
Litzenspiegel - waffenfarbe
|Doppellitze - aluminum
Kragenpatte - as above
Mittelstreife - as above
Litzenspiegel - as above
||Officers insignia was of
higher quality than that worn by enlisted men. This example of a collar patch is in
heavy metal wire.
||Collar tabs for an armoured
officer; pairs came from the manufacturer attached by thread as shown here. Note the
difference in construction compared to the patch above, particularly the coloured
||As was true for Enlisted Men's
collar patches, the tabs came in right and left pairs conforming to the shape of the
Full dress collar tabs for an artillery officer.