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Old 05-15-2019, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default Various Model 1943 shoulderboards for review

I have accumulated a collection of shoulderboards pattern 1943.
Please let me know your thoughts!

First a field grade board for an artillery Major.
The fronts are identical, the backs are not... but I still consider it a set.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:22 PM   #2
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Next up enlisted Airforce...
Got these for free...Is this even WW2? No piping...or 1950's maybe?
(I added the buttons which are US Lendlease made from NY)
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:24 PM   #3
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Here a single armored board. The backing is wool...Looks almost German made...
(Black wool backing and wool tongue)
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:26 PM   #4
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Here a single Artillery Lt.Colonel in field grade but the material is high quality (Kitel) gabardine striped wool...
(US Lend lease striped wool on the back?)
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:30 PM   #5
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This last set of dress boards is strange...
It had 3 stars at some point (Colonel) but now demoted to Major rank...
with artillery crossed canon cyphers added to cover the holes.... or?

Why is it black striped? and not red for artillery? Naval artillery maybe?
The wool loop on the back side looks like German WW2 wool....
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:42 AM   #6
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OK it's confirmed now that the solid blue airforce ones are post war model 1957 shoulder straps...(sew in style nos unissued)

Any opinions on the others?
The red piped officers dress boards with black center striped are the big question mark for me!!!
Anybody?
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:16 AM   #7
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Well I have an answer on the last set of mystery boards...strange black stripes and red banking combination....
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Lace is original, stars are aluminum post war East Germany made,
however the boards were re-tailored and this combination of backing and piping (red and black combo) was never used
in Soviet Army, apparently mistake was made during (re)tailoring. Gold lace with black piping and BLACK backing is correct
for Navy and technical branch of service of Soviet army.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:44 AM   #8
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Interesting! Wish I could help some but cloth is just not my field.
I am watching this thread, though, as some buttons and a shoulderboard or two
would add a nice touch in a display.
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:36 PM   #9
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Nice collection .
The first pair of shoulderboards look like fine wartime examples.
I agree with your observations on the other pieces, probably late 40's manufacture. I suspect the Artillery Lt. Colonel is also post WWII, due to the narrow cloth strap on the back, which is a sign of postwar manufacture (WWII pieces have more triangular straps).

But still very nice pieces, I really like the M43 straps. So many variations to collect.
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What are the odds?! ... I have the twin pair of your Arty MAJ boards:
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Wow same makwer no doubt!
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:22 AM   #12
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This NCO set is also part of the collection
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