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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:18 pm 

Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:56 am
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Location: Philippines, south east asia
Hello Everyone,

I've been scouring the wehrmacht awards site for photographs and definitive information as to the color of the collar tabs of the osttruppen volunteers shown in this series of photos:



My only reference is the old Osprey book on Wehrmacht volunteers which shows them to be red. Thing is i haven't seen many photographs of originals in red. Would anyone know what the actual color was? i believe these are turkestan ost truppen. thanks very much in advance.

Albert Labrador

PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:56 pm 

Joined: Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:20 am
Posts: 916
Location: surrey
somewhere i have a german book on all shoulder boards and collar tabs in colour and in german, but i cant find it at this time of night.
send me an email or pm

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:54 am 

Joined: Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:36 pm
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Location: Eastern Europe
It's light blue, but also can be red (as red was the "general" color for the Osttruppen). There were different types of these tabs. I would go for the "right" light blue variant.

Here's some info: the first type of the Osttruppen tabs\boards was approved with an order № 2380/42 on 2th June 1942. You can see it here
Later the situation changed again. According with the order of the OKH № 14124/43 on 29th May 1943 colorful tabs of the Eastern legions were changed for the grey tabs with just pipping. Shoulder boards also changed, but we're speaking about the collar... These tabs can be see here and on the pic from the Littlejohn's book.

Get yourself David Littlejohn's book on the Foreign legions of the Third Reich. Here's the pic from it.

Guys on the photo are wearing the second type of the Eastern insignia, since it's late 1943 or spring-summer 1944 and it's Western Europe. In the real life, Eastern volunteers were wearing anything - from pure German insignia to their own national one.

Lots of info and pics can be found here

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