Shoulder Straps - Armoured Troops
Examples of specific Waffenfarbe and Device Combinations
for Enlisted Men
The Black AFV Uniform
Prior to the start of the war, there were only a handful of combinations of waffenfarbe and shoulder strap devices for shoulder straps as worn by men issued with the black AFV uniform.
Wartime Changes and Additions
After the start of the war, more men were ordered into the black AFV uniform. Armoured reconnaissance units, previously drawn exclusively from cavalry regiments, could no longer draw solely on these units for personnel, so new units were created along with a new waffenfarbe - copper brown. Other supporting arms, as part of the makeup of a panzer division, also moved to the black AFV uniform.
The Field Grey AFV Uniform
The introduction of the field grey unifom, as well as the expanding array of special-purpose armoured vehicles in the German inventory, led to an increase in the number of waffenfarbe colours and device combinations. The question of shoulder straps is confused in this period as well by the "official" move from dark green shoulder straps to field grey - both colours remained in use side by side until the end of the war. To avoid confusion, both types of strap are shown here. Also, the use of shoulder strap numerals and devices was severely curtailed in forward areas as a security measure. These illustrations here are intended to be representative of official regulations, not actual practice - which included obscuring shoulder straps with camouflage covers, wearing the straps inverted, wearing numerals and devices on slip-ons overtop of the strap, and forgoing the use of numerals and devices altogether.
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