KM Obermaschinenmaat Laufbahnabzeichen (KM NCO's career sleeve insignia senior enigine)

The insignia consists of a roughly, 3 1/2" tall, 2 3/4" wide, vertically oval navy blue wool base with a machine embroidered, multi-cogged gear wheel with four internal spokes and a circular hub, superimposed on a vertical anchor, positioned above a single chevron all in golden yellow rayon threads. The reverse of the insignia still has its protective mid-blue, protective fabric backing intact. The insignia is in overall very good, unissued condition with minimal age toning and some minor fraying to the outer edges of the navy blue wool base.

€ 18,00

On entering Kriegsmarine service all personnel were assigned and trained for a specific career. These careers consisted of a wide variety of specialty trades and functions with some of the careers restricted to certain rank groups. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issued distinctive career insignia to be worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniforms. For EM/NCO’s the career insignia could be worn combined with the rank insignia or as separate insignia. Enlisted ranks of Matrose up to and including Hauptgefreiter career insignia were generally embroidered on small, round, bases while NCO ranks of Maat up to and including Oberdeckoffizier career insignia were on larger, vertically oval bases and could come in embroidered or stamped alloy versions. Regulations dictated that the base color of the insignia was to match the color of the uniform it was worn on. Of Note: Rank designations were tied to the career the individual was assigned to and in this case the proper rank designation is Obermaschinenmaat.

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