Oberschutze Tropical Rank Star
German Army Tropical Oberschutze Rank Star on Tan Cotton.
September 1936, the new formalised Wehrmacht Heer introduced a new ranking system to their new armed forces. In the new ranking was the Obershutze rank arm patch.
Throughout the war the patch underwent several changes, starting off being made on a field grey wool, then issued on a dark green/ bluish wool base and then finally in 1940 the base colour was to match that of the tunic e.g. black for Panzer, blue/ grey for Luftwaffe, even tan and olive for solders serving in tropical climates. The placement for that patch was on the left bicep.
This particular patch can be worn as a 3rd pattern star for mid-late war impressions on the Tropical Afrika Korps (DAK) tunics and Tropical Luftwaffe tunics
Made from tropical tan cotton with a machine embroidered, white cotton rank star with a stitched border.
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