Original German WW2 Navy Kriegsmarine Senior Boatswain NCO (Bootsmann Laufbahnabzeichen) insignia / sleeve patch, In NICE CONDITION - GOOD EMBROIDERED EXAMPLE
HISTORY OF THE INSIGNIA:
KRIEGSMARINE SENIOR BOATSWAIN NCO'S CAREER SLEEVE INSIGNIA (Bootsmann Laufbahnabzeichen) - On entering Kriegsmarine service all personnel were assigned and trained for a specific career. These careers consisted of a wide variety of specialty trades and functions with some of the careers restricted to certain rank groups. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issued distinctive career insignia to be worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniforms. For EM/NCO’s the career insignia could be worn combined with the rank insignia or as separate insignia. Enlisted ranks of Matrose up to and including Hauptgefreiter career insignia were generally embroidered on small round bases while NCO ranks of Maat up to and including Oberdeckoffizier career insignia were on larger, vertically oval bases and could come in embroidered or stamped alloy versions. Regulations dictated that the base color of the insignia was to match the color of the uniform it was worn on. Of Note: Rank designations were tied to the career the individual was assigned to and in this case the proper rank designation is Oberbootsmannsmaat. The insignia consists of a roughly, 9cm tall, 7cm wide, vertically oval brushed white cotton/rayon blend material base with a machine embroidered, vertical, fouled anchor position above a single, machine embroidered chevron all in cornflower blue cotton threads. The outer edge of the oval base is trimmed in machine stitched, narrow, white rayon reinforcement tape and the reverse of the insignia has a protective white rayon backing intact.