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There were also a whole lot more than I thought.  Brian tells me there were 19 badges in all.

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Yes, but most of the photos in this thread, as I guess most staged photos in that time, were taken away from the front and the soldiers had their 'better' uniforms, if they had them.  I would guess that these badges were sometimes found at the front but more often on the walking out tunics.

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On 18/02/2020 at 11:05, Chris Boonzaier said:

OK... this is interesting.... we know there are guys units which are NOT MGSSA wearing the badge... but this 1918 Machine Gunners training book seems pretty clear on it being a MGSSA badge.... mg.thumb.jpg.3140c4f64f4f596a6f7f74e10d2afd66.jpg

What book is this?  Any good MGSSA training info?

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Some examples...

Post-war with unknown MG-Ss badge. 4th bavarian Reichswehr Inf.Rgt.46 :

Friedensheer (4.b.RW-Inf.Rgt.46, Sergeant, MG-Scharfschützenabzeichen mit “Sch”).JPG

Probably Inf.Rgt. I Insterburg:

Inf.Rgt. I Insterburg (Schulterklappe L, MG-Ss-Abz.).JPG



MG-Ss.Abt. 2 (Abzeichen ; etatmäßiger Feldwebel).JPG


MG-Ss.Abt. 2 (Etatmäßiger Feldwebel, Buch).JPG


MG-Ss-Trp. 11.JPG



MG-Ss-Trp. oder Abt. (Abzeichen, Schützenabzeichen).jpg

MG-Ss-Trupp 197:

MG-Ss-Trupp 197 (Radlafette).jpg

Probably no Scharfschütze, but interesting...:

unbekannt (bayer. Inf., Abzeichen MG).JPG



unbekannt (EKII, MG-SS.Abz., Gruppe).JPG



unbekannt (Gruppe, EKI, MG-SS-Abz.).JPG


saxon Waffenmeister-Gehilfe (Armourer Assistant), note the crossed rifles:

unbekannt (Sachsen, Waffenmeister-Gehilfe, MG-Scharfschützen-Abzeichen).JPG

Freikorps Pfeffer:

Westfälisches Freikorps Pfeffer (Freiw.Btl.Munster, MG-Scharfschütze, Litze, grüne westf. Fangschnur).jpg

A zoom of photo 1. I can read "Sch"


Friedensheer (4.b.RW-Inf.Rgt.46, Sergeant, MG-Scharfschützenabzeichen mit “Sch”) (2).JPG

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