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Miscellaneous NSDAP organizations Collar Tab and Shoulder Board Identification Guide

This is an identification guide for the many different Collar Tabs worn during the 3rd Reich period by the miscellaneous party organizations. 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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Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK) Regulation Collar Tabs

The NSKK was seperated from the SA in 1934. It retained the SA rank levels but used black or red for the tabs. Enlisted and NCO tabs were not piped except for staff assignments. Officer tabs were piped in silver (NSKK) or gold (NSKK Marine). Shoulder boards also retained the SA levels, using 6 shoulder boards to cover all ranks. NSKK Groups were identified by the shoulder board underlay.





NSKK-Korpsführer



Obergruppenführer



Gruppenführer



Brigadeführer



Oberführer



Standartenführer



Oberstaffelführer
Staff, Motorgruppe 155



Staffelführer
5th Sturm, NSKK Marinegruppe 12



Hauptsturmführer
Sturmbann 2, Motorgruppe 12



Obersturmführer
7th Signals Sturm, Motorgruppe 58



Sturmführer
Staff, Motorgruppe 52



Haupttruppführer
13th Sturm, Motorgruppe 165



Obertruppführer
4th Sturm, Motorgruppe 65



Truppführer
3rd Sturm, Motorgruppe 25



Oberscharführer
10th Sturm, Motorgruppe 74



Scharführer
3rd Sturm, Motorgruppe 44



Rottenführer
12th Sturm, Motorgruppe 146



Obersturmmann
31st Sturm, Motorgruppe 53



Sturmmann
18th Sturm, Motorgruppe 157



Rottenführer
Foreign Volunteers



Sturmmann
SPEER Motorgruppe



Kraftwagen
1934-36









NSKK-Korpsführer



Brigadeführer to Obergruppenführer



Oberführer



Staffelführer to Standartenführer



Sturmführer to Hauptsturmführer



Sturmmann to Obertruppführer






Luftsportverband (DLV) Collar Tabs and Shoulder Straps

The DLV was established in 1933 to provide pilot training for the future Luftwaffe. The DLV was replaced by the NSFK in 1937. Most DLV collar tabs are identical to the later Luftwaffe collar tabs. The DLV used 4 colors of underlay, blue for the Deutscher LuftsportVerbande, gold-yellow for the Deutsche Verkehrfliegerschule, black for the Reichluftfahrtministerium, and white for DLV Ministers. Enlisted and NCO personnel wore the same shoulder straps for all ranks. Three patterns of shoulder strape were worn by officers, rank being indicated by woven slides on the straps.





Minister



Fliegerchef



Fliegevizechef



Kommadore



Vizekommadore



Kommandant



Kapitan



Schwarmführer



Kettenführer



Oberflugmeister



Flugmeister



Unterflugmeister



Oberfliegerführer



Fliegerführer



Hiltsfliegerführer



Oberflieger



Flieger











Fliegervizechef-Minister
(Minister shown)



Kommandant-Kommadore
(Vizekommadore shown)



Kettenführer to Kapitan
(Kettenführer shown)



Flieger to Oberflugmeister










Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK) Regulation Collar Tabs

The NSFK was organized in 1934 as a paramilitary organization. It retained the SA rank levels but used blue gray with yellow piping for the tabs. NCO and Officer tabs had a secondary pipping of silver. Shoulder boards also retained the SA levels, using 5 shoulder boards to cover all ranks.





NSFK-Korpsführer



NSFK-Ehrenführer



Obergruppenführer



Gruppenführer



Brigadeführer



Oberführer



Standarteführer
Commander, 8th Standarte



Obersturmbannführer
Korpsführer staff



Sturmbannführer
NSFK Group 9 staff



Hauptsturmführer
15th Standarte staff



Obersturmführer
7th Sturm, 91st Standarte



SturmFührer
2nd Sturm, 102nd Standarte



Obertruppführer
6th Standarte staff



Truppführer
4th Sturm, 33th Standarte



Oberscharführer
6th Sturm, 16th Standarte



Scharführer
NSFK Group 2 staff



Rottenführer
3rd Sturm, 9th Standarte



Sturmmann
2nd Sturm, 65th Standarte



NSFK-Mann
8th Sturm, 66th Standarte



Anwärter
NSFK Candidate





NSFK-Korpsführer



Oberführer to Obergruppenführer



Staffelführer to Standartenführer



Sturmführer to Hauptsturmführer



NSFK-Mann to Obertruppführer








Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) Regulation Shoulder Boards

The DAF was the National Socialist trade union organization which replaced the various trade unions of the Weimar Republic. Shoulder boards for the DAF indicated the organization level of the wearer. Rank was shown by sleeve emblems and chervons.





OberstWerksScharführer



GauWerksScharführer



KreisWerksScharführer



HauptWerksScharführer or WerksScharführer










Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst (FAD)/Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) Regulation Collar Tabs and Shoulder Boards

The Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst was a voluntary organisation established in 1931 as an agency to help mitigate the effects of mass unemployment on German economy, militarise the workforce, and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was renamed Reichsarbeitsdienst in 1934. For most of the RAD ranks, each collar tab can to worn by 2 or 3 grades. The individual grades are identified by the shoulder strap.





FAD - Staatssekretar/Arbeitsdienst Inspekteur



FAD - Oberarbeitsführer/Arbeitsführer



FAD - Oberstfeldmeister/Oberfeldmeister



FAD - Feldmeister/Obertruppfuhrer



FAD - Truppfuhrer



FAD - Obervormann



FAD - Vormann



ReichsArbeitsFüherer - GeneralArbeitsFüherer



Oberstarbeitsführer - Arbeitsführer



OberstFeldmeister - Unterfeldmeister (1942-44)



OberstFeldmeister - Unterfeldmeister (1942-44 - manufacturer's variation)



OberstFeldmeister - Unterfeldmeister (1944-1945)



Obertruppführer - Truppführer (1942-44)



Untertruppführer - Vormann (1942-44)



Obertruppführer - Vormann (1944-45)



Arbeitsmann





FAD - Staatssekretar



FAD - Arbeitsdienst Inspekteur



FAD - Oberarbeitsfüherer



FAD - Arbeitsfüherer



FAD - Oberstfeldmeister



FAD - Oberfeldmeister



FAD - Feldmeister



FAD - Unterfeldmeister



Reichsarbeitsführer



Obergeneralarbeitsführer



Generalarbeitsfüherer



Oberstarbeitsführer



Oberarbeitsfüherer



Arbeitsfüherer



Oberstfeldmeister



Oberfeldmeister



Feldmeister



Unterfeldmeister



Obertruppführer



Truppführer



Untertruppführer



Obervormann



Vormann



Arbeitsmann



Volunteer Arbeitsmann







FAD - Obermusikmeister



FAD - Musikmeister





Obermusikführer



Musikführer


Hitlerjugend (HJ) Regulation Collar Tabs and Shoulder Straps

Only 1 collar tab was authorized for the HJ, and that was for the Reichs Youth Leader. All other ranks used shoulder boards.





Reichsjugendführer








Pre-1934 regulation shoulder straps.

Prior to 1934, the HJ was part of the SA. Shoulder straps were piped with the SA Gau colors. A few examples are shown.





Gau Nord (Bremen) Bann 86



Gau Mitt



Gau Baden



Gau Weser-Ems (Oldenburg) Bann 5










1934 to 1936 regulation shoulder straps.

The HJ was subdivided into 6 ObberBanns. Shoulder straps were piped with the OberBann color, red - 1st, yellow - 2nd, green - 3rd, blue - 4th, white - 5th, and black - 6th.





1st ObberBann, Bann 243, Unterbann 5



2nd ObberBann, Bann 64, Unterbann 3



3rd ObberBann, Bann B35, Unterbann 2



4th ObberBann, Bann 138, Unterbann 3



5th ObberBann, Bann 183, Unterbann 4



6th ObberBann, Bann 263, Unterbann 1






Pre-1938 regulation shoulder straps.

Tan shoulder straps piped with the assignment color, red - General HJ, pink - Motor HJ, yellow - Signals HJ, blue - Flieger HJ, white - Stiefendienst, and carmine or silver - Gebiets Stab.





Bann 342, Gefolgschaft 11



Gebeitstab for Gebiet 9



1st Pattern Landjahr



2nd Pattern Landjahr



HJ Flieger Bann



HJ Motor Bann






1938 regulation shoulder straps - adult ranks.





Gebietsführer



Hauptbannfuhrer



Oberbannfuhrer



Bannfuhrer





Oberbannfuhrer - Fuhrer eines Gebietes






1938 regulation shoulder straps - youth ranks.


Black shoulder straps piped with the assignment color, red - General HJ, pink - Motor HJ, yellow - Signals HJ, blue - Flieger HJ, white - Stiefendienst, and carmine or silver - Gebiets Stab. Marine HJ were blue straps piped yellow.





Oberstammfuhrer



Stammfuhrer



Hauptgefolgschaftsfuhrer
Striefendienst



Obergefolgschaftsfuhrer
Motor Bann



Gefolgschaftsfuhrer



Oberscharfuhrer



Scharfuhrer
Marine



Oberkameradschaftsfuhrer



Kameradschaftsfuhrer
Signals



Oberrottenfuhrer
Flieger



Rottenfuhrer



Hitlerjunge










1938 regulation shoulder straps - special assignments.





Bandsman



Medical Service



German Youth - Bann 1



Liebstandarte Munich



Bann J - Nurnberg



Adolph Hitler School - Anwarter



Adolph Hitler School - Student



Lehrerinnen Bildungs Anstalt



NPEA



Reichsfinazschule



Landjahr



Gebiet 12 - Oberstammfuhrer



Gebiet 24 - Gelfolgschaftsfuhrer



Gebiet 31 - Oberrottenfuhrer Gebietstab






Deutsche Jungvolk (DJ) Regulation Shoulder Straps

Only 1 shoulder strap was worn on the DJ uniform, on the right shoulder.





Early Strap for Bann 39



Strap for Bann 83



Strap for Bann 183



Blank Strap