Original German NAVY KRIEGSMARINE OFFICER CANDIDATES SHOULDER BOARDS PAIR - VERY NICE CONDITION, THE BACKING IS MISSING
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
KRIEGSMARINE OFFICER CANDIDATES SHOULDER CORDS (Schulterlitzen) - Narrow, pass-through style, officer candidates shoulder cords in silver Russian braiding with two rank pips. Although military ranks and rank designations can be traced back to the mercenary armies of the 17TH century it wasn’t until the creation of standing armies in the early 18TH century that distinguishing insignia of rank began to be developed. Originally the shoulder straps were functional items designed to secure the saber and ammunition shoulder cross straps and the larger, metal trimmed epaulettes were a throw back to the protective shoulder pieces worn on medieval armor. With the formation of the Imperial Prussian Navy in 1848 Senior NCO’s and Officer ranks adopted a series of rank identifying shoulder insignia for the traditional blue and white uniforms. With the later introduction of the brown tropical uniform and field-grey uniforms for land based personnel the wear of shoulder rank insignia was utilized by all ranks, but only on these specific uniforms. Fähnrich and Oberfähnrich, (Junior and Senior Officer Candidates), were further distinguished by unique shoulder cords as opposed to the standard EM/NCO shoulder straps or the Officer ranks shoulder boards. Junior and Senior Officer Candidates utilized specific career ciphers on their shoulder cords except for Candidates of the Line Officer career where no additional ciphers were utilized.