ORIGINAL GERMAN NAVY WW2 KRIEGSMARINE GEFREITER'S RANK CHEVRON INSIGNIA (Armwinkel) - WW2, NICE CONDITION - GOOD EXAMPLE, MARKED: stamped in blue ink "WASTI" and "L", both are date stamped in black ink, one marked "K. 9. 8. 39.", SIZE: cca 75 mm
HISTORY OF THE INSIGNIA:
The Kriegsmarine adopted rank chevrons for all Enlisted ranks in 1933. The chevrons were worn on the upper left sleeve of most garments, with a few exceptions and the base color of the chevron was to match the uniform it was worn on. The Kriegsmarine rank chevrons underwent four modifications between 1933 and 1940, in an unsuccessful attempt to conform to the army EM’s rank chevrons. Of Note: Quite often the rank chevrons were combined with the individuals career insignia. This example was first introduced in 1933 and signified the rank of Obermatrose, until January 1938 when it was allocated for the rank of Gefreiter and remained in use for the duration of the war. Physical description: the insignia consists of a single cornflower blue wool, "V" shaped, chevron, machine stitched to an inverted triangular, brushed white wool base.