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NIGEL THOMAS, colour plates by STEPHEN ANDREW
GERMAN ARMY 1939-1945. BLITZKRIEG

TABLE 4. SELECTIVE LIST OF GERMAN ARMY BRANCH AND UNIT INSIGNIA. 1 SEPTEMBER 1939 - 25 JUNE 1940

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UnitsIn existenceBranch colourShoulder strap insigniaOther distinctions (comments)
Combat Troops - Staff (Kommandobehörde)
General Officers (Generate)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redNoneLarisch collar-patches, red trouser-stripes
Armed Forces High Command (OKW) officers1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940CrimsonNoneGold Kolben collar-patches, crimson stripes
Army High Command (OKH) officers1.9.1939-25.6.1940CrimsonNoneGold Kolben collar-patches, crimson stripes
General Staff (Generalstab) officers1.9.1939 -25.6.1940CrimsonNoneSilver Kolben collar-patches, crimson stripes
5 Army Group (Heeresgruppe) Staffs2.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteG (Nord, Süd, A, B, C)
14 Army (Armee) Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteA / 1-10, 12, 14, 16, 18
2 Armoured Group (Panzergruppe) Staffs5.3.1940 - 25.6.1940WhiteXIX, XXII
33 Corps (Korps) Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteI-XXXIX series
6 Motorised Corps (Korps(mot.)) Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteXIV, XV, XIX, XXII, XXXIX, XXXXI
XVI Motorised Corps (Korps(mot.)) Staff1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkXVI
Combat Troops Infantry (Infanterie)
143 Infantry (Infanterie) Division Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteD / 1 -557 series
431 Line Infantry (Infanterie) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940White1-664 series
Line Infantry (Infanterie) Regt. 171.9.1939 - 25.6.1940White17Brunswick skull cap-badge
4 Motorised (Inf.(mot.)) Division Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteD / 2, 13, 20, 29
12 Motorised (Infanterie(mot.)) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940White5, 15, 25, 33, 66, 69, 71, 76, 86, 90, 92-3
Infantry Regiment Groβdeutschland1.9.1939 - 30.9.1939WhiteGD monogramGroβdeutschland title
Motorized Regiment Groβdeutschland1.10.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteGD monogramGroβdeutschland title
Hitler Escort (Führer-Begleit) Battalion29.9.1939-25.6.1940WhiteGD monogramFührer-Hauptquartier title (12.1939)
3 Anti-Aircraft (Flak) Bns.6.10.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteFI / 31-2,46
6 Light Infantry (Jäger) Bns. in Infantry Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light green2 (I), 4 (II), 10(I), 15(III), 17(III), 83 (III)
4 Mountain (Gebirgs) Division Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light greenD / 1-3, 6Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
11 Mountain (Gebirgs) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light green98-100, 136-143Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
1 Commando Bn. (Bau-Lehr Bataillon zbV 800)10.1.1940 - 31.5.1940--Any appropriate uniform
1 Commando Regt. (Brandenburg zbV 800)1.6.1940 - 25.6.1940--Any appropriate uniform
Penal Bn. (Sonderabteilung I, II, IX, XIII) inmates8.1.1940 - 25.6.1940WhiteNone (no shoulder-straps)Uniforms without insignia
Combat Troops - Mobile Troops (Schnelle Truppen)
1 Cavalry (Kavallerie) Division Staff25.10.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowD / 1
4 Mounted (Reiter) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellow1, 2, 21, 22Cavalry breeches & boots
4 Mobile (leichte) Divisional Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowD / 1-4
7 Motorized Cav. (Kavallerieschützen) Regts.1.9.1939 -25.6.1940Golden yellowS/4, 6-11
4 Armoured (Panzer) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Pink33, 65-67Skull collar-patches, black
10 Armoured (Panzer) Division Staffs1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkD / 1-10 (6.7.39)Skull collar-patches, black uniform
17 Armoured (Panzer) Regts.1.9.1939-25.6.1940Pink1-8, 10-11, 15, 23, 25, 31, 33, 35, 36Skull collar-patches, black uniform
1 Armoured Instruction (Panzer Lehr) Bn.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkL1936 Spanien 1939 cuff-title
11 Motorised Rifle (Schützen) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkS / 1-3, 12-4, 33, 69, 86, 110-1
7 Motorised Rifle (Schützen) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkS / 4, 6-11(Ex-Motorised Cavalry Regts)
5 Motorcycle Recce. (Kradschützen) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkK / 1-2, 6-8
Motorcycle Recce. (Kradschützen) Bn. 31.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkK / 3Dragoon eagle cap-badge
3 Armd Recce. (Panzeraufklärung) Bns.1.3.1940 -25.6.1940PinkA / 4-5, 8
15 Mounted Recce. (Aufklärung) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowA / 54-187 series
Mounted Recce. (Aufklärung) Bn. 1791.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowA / 179Dragoon eagle cap-badge
32 Div. Recce. (Divisionsaufklärung) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowA / 1, 3-12, 14-9, 21-8, 30-2, 35, 44-6, 156
Div. Recce. (Divisionsaufklärung) Bns 33, 35-6.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowA / 33-4, 36Dragoon eagle cap-badge
10 Motorised Recce. (Aufklärung(mot.)) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Golden yellowA / 1-8, 20, 29
148 Antitank (Panzerabwehr) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkP / 1-672 (divisional series)
144 Antitank (Panzerjäger) Bns.16.3.1940 - 25.6.1940PinkP / 1-672 (divisional series)
3 Mtn. Antitank (Gebirgspanzerabwehr) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940PinkP / 44, 47-8Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
4 Mtn. Antitank (Gebirgspanzerjäger) Bns.21.3.1940 - 25.6.1940PinkP / 44, 47-8, 55Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
Combat Troops - Artillery (Artillerie)
147 Artillery (Artillerie) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright red1-557 (divisional series)
4 Motorised Artillery (Artillerie (mot.)) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright red2, 13, 56/20, 29
4 Mtn. Artillery (Gebirgsartillerie) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright red79, 111-2, 118Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
2 Mtd. Artillery (Reitende Artillerie) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redR / 1-2Cavalry breeches & boots
1 Mtd. Artillery (Reitende Artillerie) Regt.10.1.1940 - 25.6.1940Bright redR / 1Cavalry breeches & boots
10 Armd. Artillery (Artillerie) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright red73-6, 78, 80, 90, 102-3, 116
40 Survey (Beobachtung) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redB / 1-36, 39, 40, 43, 44
Ordnance officers (Offiziere(W))1.9.1939 -25.6.1940Bright redGold crossed cannon
3 Smoke (Nebel) Bns.1.9.1939 - 30.9.1939Bordeaux red1, 2, 5
9 Rocket Projector (Nebelwerfer) Bns.22.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bordeaux red1-9
Combat Troops - Engineers (Pioniere)
148 Engineer (Pionier) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Black1-557 (divisional series)
4 Motorised Engineer (Pionier) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Black2, 13, 20, 29
5 Mtn. Engineer (Gebirgspionier) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Black54, 82, 83, 85, 91Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap.
10 Armd. Engineer (Pionier) Bns.1.9.1939 - 14.5.1940Black37-9, 49, 57-9, 79, 86, 89Skull collar patches. Black uniform
10 Armd. Engineer (Panzerpionier) Bns.10.5.1940 - 25.6.1940Black & white37-9, 49, 57-9, 79, 86, 89Skull collar-patches, black uniform
220 Pioneer (Bau) Bns.1.9.1939 - 22.12.1939None (1-360 sorties)RAD uniforms
220 Pioneer (Bau) Bns.23.12.1939 - 25.6.1940Light brown1-360 series
15 Fortress Pioneer (Festungsbau) Bns.9.12.1939 - 25.6.1940Black19-314 series
4 Fortress Engineer (Festungspionier) Bns.7.2.1940 - 25.6.1940Black305-8
Fortress Instructors (Festungswerkmeister)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940CrimsonWhite FpBlack & white shoulder cords
5 Railway Eng. (Eisenbahnpionier) Regts.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940BlackE / 1-4, 68
Engineer Specialist Generals (Generating.))1.1.1940 - 25.6.1940Bright redSilver cogwheelLarisch collar-patches, red trouser-stripes
Engineer Specialist officers (Ingenieure)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940OrangeGold cogwheel
Combat Troops - Signals (Nachrichtentruppe)
148 Signals (Nachrichten) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellow1-557 (divisional series)
4 Motorised Signals (Nachrichten) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellow2, 13, 20, 29
4 Mtn. Signals (Gebirgsnachrichten) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellow54, 67-8, 91Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
10 Armd Signals (Panzernachrichten) Bns.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellow37-9, 77, 79, 82-5, 90Skull collar-patches, black uniform
1 Signals Instruction (Lehr) Battalion1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellowL1936 Spanien 1939 cuff-title
14 War Correspondent (Propaganda) Coys.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellow501-690 (Field Army series)Propagandakompanie cuff-title
Supply Troops (Versorgungstruppen)
608? Mot. Transport (Kraftwagen) Cols.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light-blueN / 1-557 (divisional series)
920? Horsedrawn Transport (Fahr) Cols.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light-blueN / 1-557 (divisional series)Cavalry breeches & boots
20 Mtn. Horsedrawn Transport (Fahr) Cols.1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light-blueN / 79, 94, 111, 112Edelweiss badges. Mountain cap
Medical Corps (Sanitäts) General-Officers1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redSilver Aesculapius staffLarisch collar-patches, red trouser-stripes
Medical Corps (Sanitäts) officers1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Dark-blueGold Aesculapius staffRed cross armband
166 Horsedr.Med. (Sanitäts) Coys-NCOs & men1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Dark-blue1-557 (divisional series)Red cross armband; medical cuff-badge
? Mot.Medical (Sanitäts) Coys - NCOs & men1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Dark-blue1-557 (divisional series)Red cross armband; medical cuff-badge
166 Field Hospitals (Feldlazarette) - NCOs & men1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Dark-blue1-557 (divisional series)Red cross armband; medical cuff-badge
Veterinary Corps (Veterin#228;r) General-Officers1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redSilver snakeLarisch collar-patches, red trouser-stripes
Veterinary Corps (Veterin#228;r) officers1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940CrimsonGold snakeCavalry breeches & boots
Farrier Instructors (Hufbeschlaglehrmeister)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940CrimsonWhite horseshoeYellow wool shoulder-pieces
148 Veterinary (Veterin#228;r) Coys - NCOs & men1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Crimson1-557 (divisional series)Cavalry breeches & boots
27 Guard (Wach) Bns.1.9.1939 - 31.3.1940White502-631 series
10 M.P (Feldgendarmerie) Bns.1.9.1939 - early 1940(None) 531, 541, 551, 561, 571, 581, 591, 682-3, 685Gendarmerie uniform; green armband
10 M.P. (Feldgendarmerie) Bns.Early 1940 - 25.6.1940Orange531, 541, 551, 561, 571, 581,591,682-3, 685Sleeve-badge & Feldgendarmerie title
10 M.P. (Feldgendarmerie) Traffic Control Bns.26.10.1939 - early 1940None (751-760)Gendarmerie uniform: pink armband
10 M.P. (Feldgendarmerie) Traffic Control Bns.Early 1940 - 25.6.1940Orange751-760Sleeve-badge & Feldgendarmerie title
201 M.P. (Feldgendarmerie) Troops1.9.1939 - early 1940None (1-557)Gendarmerie uniform: green armband
201 M.P. (Feldgendarmerie) TroopsEarly 1940 - 25.6.1940Orange1-557 (divisional series)Green armband
Army Patrol Service (Heeresstreifendienst)18.11.1939 - 25.6.1940Any colourOriginal unitAdjutant's lanyard
Security Troops (Sicherungstruppen)
24 Army Rear-Area Commanders (Korück)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteK / 501-672 series, Norwegen
14 District Commands (OFK)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteK / 540-680 seriesKommandantur gorget?
49 Territorial Rifle (Landesschützen) Regts.1.9.1939 - 31.3.1940White1 / 1-3 (Army District series)
21 Territorial Rifle (Landesschützen) Regts.1.4.1940 - 25.6.1940WhiteL / 22-183 series
306 Territorial Rifle (Landesschützen) Bns.1.9.1939 - 31.3.1940WhiteI / I-XII / XVIII (Army District series)
238 Territorial Rifle (Landesschützen) Bns.1.4.1940 - 25.6.1940WhiteL / 201-912 series
33 POW Camps - officers (Oflag)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteKG / II / A-XXI / C (Army District series)
45 POW Camps - NCO's & men (Stalag)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteKG / I / A-XXI / E (Army District series)
Army Officials (Heeresbeamten) - dark-green underlay (except chaplains) Special rank insignia
Court Martial (Reichskriegsgericht) Generals1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redNoneLarisch collar-patches, green stripes
Court Martial (Reichskriegsgericht) Officials1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bordeaux redNone
District Administration (Intendantur) Generals1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redSilver HVLarisch collar-patches, green stripes
District Administration (Intendantur) Officials1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redGold HV
Paymaster (Zahlmeister) Officials1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940WhiteGold HV
Field Postal Service (Feldpost) Generals1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon yellowSilver FPLarisch collar-patches, green stripes
166 Field Post (Feldpost) Offices1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Lemon-yellowGold FP. (1-557 divisional series)
37 Field Sec.Pol. (Geheime Feldpolizei) Groups1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Light blueGold GFP (1-637 series)
Chaplain-General (Feldbischof)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940VioletNo shoulder-boardsGold collar-patches, violet cap-band
Chaplains (Pfarrer)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940VioletNo shoulder-boardsSilver collar-patches, violet cap-band
War Substantive Chaplains (Kriegspfarrer)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940VioletNo shoulder-boardsViolet cap-band
Miscellaneous
Music Directors (Musikinspizienten)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Bright redLyreGold Kolben patches: special shoulder-boards
Bandmaster officers (Musikmeister)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Branch colourLyre / Number of attached regt./bn.Special shoulder-boards
Band NCOs & men (Musiker/Trompeter)1.9.1939 - 25.6.1940Branch colourNumber of attached regt./bn.Shoulder 'wings'
Special Officers and NCOs (Sonderf#252;hrer)1.9.1939 - 2.3.1940None (silver Aesculapius staff or snake)Uniform of attached unit
Special Officers and NCOs (Sonderf#252;hrer)21.3.1940 - 25.6.1940Grey-blueNone (silver Aesculapius staff or snake)'Old Prussian' patches, grey-blue cap-band
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