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    Medical shoulder boards for ID

    Hello,
    I bought these used imperial shoulder boards in a WW2 lot but unfortunately I have no knowledge about this period. I think these are medical but I Don't know the land and the meaning of the blue slide.
    Tahnk you in adance for your reply.
    Yannick.
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    The boards are for a Pruessisches Assistenartz auf Wiederrauf (recalled). The blue cords indicate a man recalled to service. Nice worn examples. Mike
    Author of Under Arms for the Kaiser; Shoulder Insignia of the Imperial German Army's Regiments, 1871-1918.

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      #3
      Thank you Mike for the quick reply !

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        #4
        To be correct, these are boards for the prussian "Kriegs-Assistenzarzt auf Widerruf"

        They are not "recalled" to duty ("Wieder") but are Doctors with no actice military service record at an age making them "landsturmpflichtig" (a kind of militia service). They became medical officers during war time only ("auf Widerruf") their commisiion will be rejected once the the war is over....

        These board and the rank was established in May 1918 - so they should be pretty rare.

        Regards

        jaeger7-de

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          #5
          Thanks for the correction. Mike
          Author of Under Arms for the Kaiser; Shoulder Insignia of the Imperial German Army's Regiments, 1871-1918.

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            #6
            What he said. Great looking boards!

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              #7
              Thank you for the additional information, very interesting !

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                #8
                Most of these you see were never issued and are in mint condition, likely due to their late introduction. As one would expect, Prussian examples are the most commonly seen, but all the major states had their version of this rank. I have Prussian, Hessian, Saxon and W├╝rttemberg examples. I would rate the Prussian pieces as somewhat scarce, but not rare by any means.

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