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Career & Specialist Patch Identification Guide

This is an identification guide for the different Career and Specialist patches worn by the Wehrmacht during the 3rd Reich period. To the best of our knowledge, all the examples shown are original pre-1945 manufacture. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please contact Vern@GermanDaggers.com.

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Heer Career & Specialist Patches

Heer NCO and Enlisted Specialist patches were worn on the left lower sleeve. Badges were edged with twisted cord for NCOs. Patch regulations formally adopted in 1935.




Medical Orderly



Farrier



Ordnance NCO



Artificer NCO



Motor Transport Specialist



Radio Operator



Pigeonmaster - Postmaster



Fortification Engineer



Fortification Construction



Fortification Maintenance



Paymaster



Saddler



Motor Mechanic



Signals Equipment Mechanic



Supply - Storeskeeper



Signals Personnel (Artillery) - arrow is in Waffenfarbe of unit assigned to.



Proficiency Badge - Motor Boat Pilot



Proficiency Badge - Artillery Gunner



Proficiency Badge - Smoke Troop






Luftwaffe Career & Specialist Patches

Luftwaffe NCO and Enlisted Specialist patches were worn on the left lower sleeve. Badges were edged with silver twisted cord for NCOs and gold twisted cord for distinguished Service. Patch regulations introduced in 1935 with additional patches added in 1942




Flying Personnel



Technical Personnel



AntiAircraft Artillery



Fleet Air Arm



Rangefinder Specialist - 1942



Sound Location Specialist - 1942





Administration Personnel



Mechanized Transport Equipment Specialist



Equipment Branch - Aircraft



Equipment Branch - Searchlight



Equipment Branch - Signals



Qualified Telephonist



Qualified Telegraphist (NCO)



Qualified Radio Operator (NCO)



Directional Radio Operator



Listening Equipment Operator



Signals Personnel



Warrent Officer Artificer



Ordnance - Flying Branch



Ordnance - Flak and Ground Units



Medical Orderly



Transport Driver (Distinguished Service)



Light Aerial Bomb Armorer



Heavy Aerial Bomb Armorer



Flak Gunner



Technical Flight School Graduate



Aircraft Radio Mechanic



Motor Transport Specialist



Air Raid Warning Personnel










Kriegsmarine Career and Specialist patches

Kriegsmarine NCO and Enlisted Career and Specialist patches could both be worn on the left upper sleeve. After completing Basic Training, an individual was assigned to one of 20 careers for further training. The career patch was worn on the left sleeve above the rank insignia. The enlisted career emblem was yellow on dark blue, yellow on field green, or blue on white depending on the uniform. Career patches for Petty Officers used the same color scheme but the career emblem was superimposed on an anchor. Petty Officers coupld wear a gilded metal insignia on the formal uniform instead of the patch. The career patch was available combined with the rank insignia. Speciality training was available in 26 subject areas. The specialist patch was worn on the left sleeve below the rank insignia. The patch was red on dark blue, red on field green, or red on white depending on the uniform. Chevrons on the patch indicated the level of training completed. The final patch is the Commander-in-Chief Staff Patch. It is worn onthe left sleeve above all other patches. Patch regulations formally adopted in 1935 and appended in 1940.


Career patch examples




Enlisted Career Patch



Enlisted Career and Rank Patch



Petty Officer Career Patch



Petty Officer Career Patch - Gilded Metal



Senior Petty Officer Career Patch



Enlisted Career Patch



Enlisted Career and Rank Patch



Petty Officer Career Patch



Senior Petty Officer Career Patch



Commander-in-Chief Staff Patch


Enlisted career patches for dark blue uniform




Deck Rating



Signals



Teletypist



Carpenter



Ordnance Mechanic



Torpedo Machanic



Blocking Weapons Mechanic



Administration



Clerical



Medical



Musician



Engine Mechanic



Radio Operator



Coastal Artillery



Motor Transport



Aircraft Spottor



Ordnance Artificer



Helmsman



Coxswain





Petty Office career patches for dark blue uniform




Deck Rating



Signals



Teletypist



Carpenter



Ordnance Mechanic



Torpedo Machanic



Blocking Weapons Mechanic



Administration



Clerical



Medical



Musician



Engine Mechanic



Radio Operator



Coastal Artillery



Motor Transport



Aircraft Spottor



Ordnance Artificer



Navagating Helmsman



Coxswain



Reserve Service


Enlisted career patches for white uniform




Deck Rating



Signals



Teletypist



Carpenter



Ordnance Mechanic



Torpedo Machanic



Blocking Weapons Mechanic



Administration



Clerical



Medical



Musician



Engine Mechanic



Radio Operator



Coastal Artillery



Motor Transport



Aircraft Spottor



Ordnance Artificer



Helmsman



Coxswain





Petty Office career patches for white uniform




Deck Rating



Signals



Teletypist



Carpenter



Ordnance Mechanic



Torpedo Machanic



Blocking Weapons Mechanic



Administration



Clerical



Medical



Musician



Engine Mechanic



Radio Operator



Coastal Artillery



Motor Transport



Aircraft Spottor



Ordnance Artificer



Navagating Helmsman



Coxswain



Reserve Service


Specialty patches for dark blue uniform




Small Caliber Gunlayer



Anti-Aircraft Gunlsyer



Gunlayer - Single Gun



Gunlayer - Turret



Coastal Artillery Gunlayer



Coastal Artillery Anti-Aircraft Gunlayer



Artillery Fire Control - pre-1940



Flak Fire Control - pre-1940



Coastal Artillery Fire Control - pre-1940



Turret Fire Control - pre-1940



Fire Control 1940-1945



Range Finder Specialist



Anti-Aircraft Range Finder Specialist



Torpedo Coxswain



Minelaying/Boom Coxswain



Band Member



Surveying Specialist



Diver



Aircraft Sound Locator - pre-1940



Aircraft Sound Locator - 1940-1945



Hydrophone Specialist - pre-1940



Hydrophone Specialist - 1940-1945



Electrical Artificater



Motor Engineer



Physical Instructor



Motor Transport Driver














Specialty patches for white uniform




Small Caliber Gunlayer



Anti-Aircraft Gunlsyer



Gunlayer - Single Gun



Gunlayer - Turret



Coastal Artillery Gunlayer



Coastal Artillery Anti-Aircraft Gunlayer



Fire Control 1940-1945



Range Finder Specialist



Anti-Aircraft Range Finder Specialist



Torpedo Coxswain



Minelaying/Boom Coxswain



Band Member



Surveying Specialist



Diver



Aircraft Sound Locator - pre-1940



Aircraft Sound Locator - 1940-1945



Hydrophone Specialist - pre-1940



Hydrophone Specialist - 1940-1945



Electrical Artificater



Motor Engineer



Physical Instructor



Motor Transport Driver