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    well officially, Offizier-Aspiranten should not wear an officers’ helmet. They usually held the rank of Vizefeldwebel /Vizewachmeister d.R. As such they would usually wear an issue helmet with the officer pattern cockade. Of course, during wartime, I am sure that some guys would have “upgraded” their helmets contrary to regulations.



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    Here is an example of someone named an Offizier-Aspirant while still a Gefreiter, which seems odd. Personnel files often omit this Ernennung, and only list Beförderungen. 



    Here is one with the Ernennung at the same time as the promotion to Unteroffizier:



    Another as an Unteroffizier, although only two weeks before promotion to Vizewachtmeister:



    Vizewachtmeister and Offizier-Aspirant at the same time:


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