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As you all might have figured out by now, I have a strong attraction to LW tunics and collar tabs. Well, I am now focusing on tabs as they are more cost friendly(as my funding comes from trading extra items from my collection and the recycling of cans and bottles!) Now that you have seen my tunics, I want to show you what I have in the way of tabs. My goal is to perhaps create a page or reference that covers the various waffenfarbe of the Luftwaffe as well as different construction methods...

If you have some tabs to add to this thread, please do so. I just request that you hold off on posting until I have completed all of my scans :-) Again, this is a participation/study thread. All input and examples for your collection are encouraged and appreciated.

Warm regards

Paul Reck

First are my Judicial TSD Oberst tabs. Notice that the waffenfarbe is Weinrot. Close to the basic red found in the flak arm, yet more of a maroon color.

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Reverse...

Notice the double material layer(red over white) on the reverse of the oberst tab(left). Also notice the method that the silver piping is attached to the tab. Also, notice the overlap of excess silver thread on the reverse of the tabs.(all officer tabs have the excess siliver piping... that I have seen anyway).

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Reverse construction is very simular to that of the Major above...

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The next Flak set is for a Lt. Although not a true match, the construction techniques are the same as you will see on the reverse shot.

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Your will notice in this scan, the stiffening material is not the standard. It is a paper cardboard like material.

Also, you will notice a stamped "22" on the darker tab. Is that a maker mark? There also seems to be a multi layer of white on this tab as well. It is barely visable along the edges of the material.

Notice the difference in the sewing on the two tabs.

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Here is the reverse. Notice that the red portion is actually placed upon a slighly larger blue wafer. Also notice how the embroidery goes through an extra piece of thin white cloth. I am assuming that this method is a more complicated prewar process.

Input is appreciated.

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Next up are my final Flak tabs... I promise! These are two EM tabs. Basic construction was used on EM tabs through out the war.

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Next up are a set of Oblt General Staff Tabs. Unfortunately, the silver cord is missing from one of them. Still, they are one of my favorite sets...

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Here is the reverse. Notice how the material completely covers the back..

These appear to have been removed from a scrap book.

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Next up, we have a set of orange EM tabs. The prewar use of orange on officers collar tabs indicate a recalled/unassigned officer. The officer version was canceled before the war and the officers wore the tabs with the waffenfarbe consistant to their career field.

The use of Orange on the EM tabs indicate Luftwaffe Field police. These tabs were authorized in 1943. Before 1943, the field police shared a light blue waffenfarbe with the supply branch. I will show those tabs later in this thread.

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Reverse... notice the stiffener consists of the standardbuckram material. Also notice the snaps for easy removal from a tunic... Were these worn only while on duty or were they in this configuration for simply the ease of cleaning the tunic? If someone knows why tabs were placed in this manner, please educate me.

There seem to have originally been four snaps on each tab, as evidenced by marking/indentations in the void corners.

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Next up is the Signals Branch. Notice the unique manner in which this tab is constructed. Notice the copper colored highlights in the embroiderly. I feel this tab to be orignal. Who would go to such great extreme to create something so completely out of the norm to try and pass it as real? Notice also that the cloth itself is different from the norm as well. I believe that this was privately made for a taylored tunic.

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Reverse. The edges of the material appear to have been secured to the cloth stiffner by some sort of glue. Also the silver cord seems to be constructed from a different type of material than normally encountered.

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Now we move to the Flying Personel. This single is for an Oblt Musician.

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Next up are a set of tabs for a Flieger. These tabs are different in that the gulls seem to be a bit "flatter" than others I have seen...

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