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Mein Großvater.  Could anyone enlighten me on what the collar insignia means?  I know is that he was conscripted and sent to North Africa, where he was captured by the British and turned over to the Americans.  He has an EK1 and can I correctly assume an EK2, or was the awarding criteria different for WWII?

 

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The man on the photo is a Leutnant of the Luftwaffe WW2 era , the collar patch bears the rank . silver cord piping for officers , two oak leaves for company officers and one wings for Leutnant . on the shoulders the company officers Shoulder boards in aluminium silver with no pip ,corresponding to a leutnant . I guess that your Grossvater served in Luftwaffe but not as a Flyer 

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LiLnuke,

Yes your Grandfather would have had the EKII for 1939.  Order of award for the EK did not change in WWII although there were more grades of the award available in WWII.

Regards,

Gordon

 

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