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LATIN LETTERS

There are devices listed in this section that I doubt ever existed. Take, for example, the 'Fp'. While there are examples of this device pictured in the Gothic Letters Section, I have yet to see one produced in Latin letters. My explanation for this phenomenon - and their being listed in here - is contained in the Introduction. Of particular interest in this section are the magnificent one-of-a-kind Groβdeutschland examples graciously provided by my friend Colonel Scott Pritchett.

Letter

Branch Color

Designation

A

lemon yellow

Signal Intelligence Unit

Instituted 26 May 1941. Replaced by Gothic 'A' 24 Jul 1942.

A + no.

white, pink, green

Headquarters of an Army

A + no.

cornflower blue

Medical Detachment of an Army

A + no.

light blue

Supply Troops of an Army

A + R. num.

red

Artillery Division Commander

Abw

white

Counter Intelligence Detachment

AK (+ no.)

red

Army-level Artillery Commander

AS

red

Artillery School

AS

light brown

Artillery School Training Department D

AS + no.

various

Army Weapons School

B + no.

white

Army Group Commander of Rear Area

Created 30 April 1941.

B + no.

pink

Headquarters of Armour Brigade

B + no.

carmine

Headquarters of Rocket Brigade

B + no.

black

Headquarters of Railroad Engineer Brigade, Engineer Bridge Construction Battalion

B + no.

light blue

POL Supply Unit

BK + no.

black

Bridge Column

D

lemon yellow

Signal Interpreter Replacement Unit

Replaced 26 May 1941 by the Gothic 'A'.

E + no.

red

Railroad Artillery Unit

E + no.

black

Railroad Construction or Engineer Unit

Created 1 July 1940.


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EB + no.

white

Railway Security Staff

ES + no.

white

Railway Security Section Staff

E + spade/ax

black

Railway Construction Battalion

F + No.

black

Fortress Construction Battalion

Created 3 December 1940.

FG (i)

white

Fϋhrer Grenadier Unit

Created 16 September 1943.

FG + no.

white

Field Convalescence Unit

Fj

white

Corps of Military Police

Introduced 25 December 1943.

FK + no.

black

Fortress Engineer Commander

FLsT + no.

light blue

Front Control Station

FN

lemon yellow

High Command Signal Unit

Fp

red, lemon yellow

Supplementary Officers of Corps of Fortress Engineers

Fp + no.

black

Fortress Engineer Staff

Latin letters indicate a unit that was created at mobilization.

FP

lemon yellow

Field Postal Service Soldier

FP

dark green + lemonyellow secondary

Field Postal Service Official (Beamte)

On 22 January 1944 NCOs and privates were transferred to soldier status.

Diane Schreiber

FW + R. num.

white

Fortress Basic Organization

Fz

red, orange

Ordnance Personnel, Supplementary Officer of Ordnance Unit

Fz (+ no.)

red, orange

Ordnance Unit, Ammunition Administration Unit

Use of the number was abolished on 13 August 1944.

G

white

Military Commander of Government General (Generalgouvernment), Army Group Headquarters.

GD (i)

various

Groβdeutschland Unit

Introduced 20 June 1939, with an effective date of 15 September.


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COL Scott Pritchett (notice 'P')


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COL Scott Pritchett (notice snake)

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GFP

of basic unit

Secret Field Police Auxiliary Personnel

GFP

dark green + light blue secondary

Secret Field Police

Gz + E, O, S

white

Headquarters for Border Troops

E = Eifel; O = Oberrhein; S = Saarpfalz. Insignia introduced 15 February 1939.

H

lemon yellow

General Headquarters Signal Unit

H + no.

black

Engineer Sound Locator Platoon

HAK + no.

pink

Senior Artillery Commander

HF (+ no.)

black

Senior Engineer Leader

HF + no.

lemon yellow

Senior Signal Leader

HK + no.

black

Senior Engineer Commander

HK + no.

light blue

Senior Commander of Supply Troops

HV

dark green, + various secondary

Official

Prior to 21 May 1940 various secondary colors were used, along with gold devices for officers. Officer rank boards with white metal devices (on other than grey Neberfarbe) indicates a Reserve Official.

HV

dark green + grey secondary

Official

After 21 Mar 1940 all Officials used a grey secondary color and silver / white devices.

I (+ no.)

light blue

Army Supply Inspector

I + R. num.

white

Infantry Division Commander

ILF + no.

black

Inspectorate of Fortresses

IS

white

Infantry School

K + no.

pink

Headquarters of Local Garrison

K + no.

white

Army Rear Area Commander

K + no.

golden yellow

Headquarters of Cavalry Division

K + no.

red

Coastal Artillery Unit

K + no.

lemon yellow

Field Signals Regional Headquarters

Instituted 23 May 1941.

KA

crimson

War Academy

KE

white

Eifel Area Fortress Headquarters

Created 1 July 1940.

KF + no.

light blue

Motor Transport Unit

KG + no.

white

Prisoner of War Unit Cadre Personnel

KM

orange

Supplementary Officer of the Reichskriegsministeriu

KO

white

Fortress of Oberrhein Area Headquarters

Created 1 July 1940.

KS

golden yellow

Cavalry School

KT + no.

light blue

Motor Vehicle Transport Unit

L + no.

white

Regional Defense Battalion

L + no.

light brown, black

Reserve Construction Battalion

Effective 11 October 1943 the branch color changed from brown to black and the units were transferred to the Engineer arm. This was done as recognition for performance in battle.

L + spade/ax/ no.

black

Reserve Engineer Construction Unit

MV + no.

light blue

Ammunition Administration Unit

N + no.

light blue

Supply Unit

NG + no.

light blue

Mountain Carrier Battalion, Mountain Motor Vehicle Column

NR + no.

light blue

Regional Supply Headquarters

NS + no.

light blue

Rail Transport Platoon

NT + no.

light blue

Sumpter (Pack Horse / Mule) Animal Column

OK + H or W

orange

Officers of the OKH (Army Command) or OKW (Armed Forces Command)

P + no.

light blue

Construction and Engineer Park Battalions

PS

black

Engineer School

Pz

orange

Supplementary Officer of Armored Troops

Pz + no.

lemon yellow

Panzer Army Signals Regiment

R + no.

black

Engineer Regiment Headquarters

RW

orange

Reichswehrministerium Supplementary Officer

S + no.

white

Security Regiment, Battalion

Created 30 March 1940.

S + no.

red

Special Artillery

S + no.

carmine

Rocket Troops Special Command

SF + no.

black

Snow Milling Platoon

SR + no.

black

Snowplow Unit

St + no.

white

Army Patrolling Service

T

dark green + lemon yellow secondary

Special Signal Personnel

T + no.

black

Technical Troops

Introduced as a branch of service in May 1941. The insignia was introduced 10 January 1944. (On 16 May 1944 an order was issued that embroidery was to be done in light grey thread, once existing stocks of colored yarn were used up. That's the most likely explanation for the slip tab not being done in black thread.)

T + no.

light blue

Wood Supply Detachment for Motor Vehicles

TG + no.

black

Technical Gases Platoon

TK + no.

black

Power Station Railway Company

Tr + no.

black

Transport Service Units, Agencies

TS + no.

white

Transport Security Unit

V + no.

red

Mapping Agency

V + no.

light blue

Food and Clothing Supply Unit

VB + no.

light blue

Welfare Facilities Operating Unit, Soldier Club Operating Staff

VH

red

Testing Command Hillersleben

Effective 31 March 1938.

VK

red

Testing Command Kummersdorf

Effective 31 March 1938.

W

white

Guard Battalion Vienna

Introduced 7 September 1938.

W + no.

black

Field Waterways Detachment

W + no.

light blue

Operations Company

W + R. num.

white

Headquarters of Military Area, or Recruiting Office

Effective 1 October 1939. Before that date, the waffenfarbe was orange, with a Roman numeral. The number indicates the Military Area (Wehr-kries).

WB + no.

light brown

POW Construction and Labor Battalion

Worn in Bohemia and Moravia only, and only by privates and NCOs.

Z + no.

pink

Tank Destroyer Battalion



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