Original German WW2 Wehrmacht Senior Private Oberschütze rank pip / sleeve patch, IN VERY NICE CONDITION, DIAMETER: cca 55 mm
HISTORY OF THE INSIGNIA:
OBERSCHÜTZE'S RANK PIP (Dienstgradabzeichen) - Second pattern, (1936), later issue, (circa 1940-1945), Oberschütze rank insignia consists of a roughly, 55mm diameter field-grey wool base with a central, machine embroidered rank pip in silvery/grey cotton threads. Complete with original backing fabric. The insignia is in overall excellent, unissued condition with minimal age toning. On December 22ND 1920 the Reichsheer instituted a system of sleeve rank insignia for enlisted personnel. The Reichsheer system remained in effect until the newly formed Wehrmacht Heer introduced a new system on September 25TH 1936 that included the Oberschütze sleeve rank pip. Originally the base material of the standard issue rank insignia was in field-grey badge cloth until regulations of October 1935 altered the base material to a blue/green badge cloth. Further regulations on April 25TH 1940 altered the base material of the standard issue insignia to field-grey wool while the coloration of the base material for specialized uniforms such as the black panzer wrap or the olive/drab tropical tunic utilized the base color of the uniform.