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Shoulder boards from a Feldwebelleutnant in FAR 62 (see my topic about Feldwebelleutnant Lange for more stuff). The backing is the typical field artillery red.

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Shoulder boards from a Feldwebelleutnant in LMK 878 (see my topic about Feldwebelleutnant Lange for more stuff). The backing is fieldgray.

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Hi,

Here is a very nice Saxon Major pair of shoulderboards.

Christophe

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Super nice Saxon boards C D...

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Have a soft spot for the 88 IR... either these are pre war boards... or from the RIR88... by the outbreak of the war the 88 IR no longer had numbers.

I think somewhere along the line someone did a bad repair to the back of one...

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Here is mine. I know it is (L)uftschiffer, but still would appreciate some more information (particularly rank and/or unit).

Regards,

Marcin

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Here is mine. I know it is (L)uftschiffer, but still would appreciate some more information (particularly rank and/or unit).

Regards,

Marcin

Marcin, this is a shoulder board of a Rittmeister belonging to the Hessian Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Nr.23 (1. Großherzoglich Hessisches). Note the Red silk woven into the silver it is the color of Hessen.

Beautiful shoulder board!

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Naxos, thank you so much for the information. I thought L always indicates Luftschiffer, obviously I was wrong. Do you have a photo of complete uniform of this unit? (GDR 23).

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Marcin,

There were actually a bunch of units that had an "L" Chiffre. The crowned "L's" are always royal initials. The Luftschiffer "L", of course, had no crown above it and was a different style.

Regards,

Chip

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Kgl. Bay. 24. Infanterie-Regiment

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Chris,

They appear worn, but have no numbers....Garde Pioniere?

Chip

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Chris,

They appear worn, but have no numbers....Garde Pioniere?

Chip

Hi Chip,

Both sets are worn, but no trace of any number.

Best

Chris

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Back to Marcin's question about Luftschiffer "L"s. I thought I would add an example for his future reference. In this case it is a Saxon Luftschiffer officer.

Chip

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Thank you, Chip.

So I understand the important difference between both "L" is the crown now, correct? :Cat-Scratch:

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So I understand the important difference between both "L" is the crown now, correct? :Cat-Scratch:

Marcin,

That's an important difference, but only part of it. Every "L" was different. There are a few that are extremely similar (for instance the Luftschiffer and the Kürassier Rgt. Nr.2 "L"s), but there are slight differences. The following units also have an "L" cypher, I.R.47, 10.b.I.R., Dragoner Rgt.Nr.23. I have even seen a dealer trying to sell a "Luftschiffer" officer's shoulder board with a "T" from the Telegraphentruppen turned upside-down, which sort of looks like an "L".. The last straw is that the majority of officer cyphers have been reproduced and are readily available on some German dealers of reproduction items websites. You can literally get just about anything you want. They are not cheap, but you can get them. That's why it is always prudent to be skeptical of any officer piece until you check it out thoroughly.

Chip

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