This is a fine pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These shoulder boards have no cypher. The backing is white. They are of the sewn-in variety, which was typical of junior officers. They are top condition.
PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß – PRUSSIA
This is a stunning single shoulder board for Ludwig Samson Arthur Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen (June 18, 1815 – April 26, 1881). Interestingly, his third name, Arthur, was for British Duke and Field Marshall Wellington. [Von der Tann was born in 1815 when the Battle of Waterloo took place]. Von der Tann came from a noble family that had roots in Bavaria and Alsace. He worked through the system of the Bavarian Army with special attention from King Ludwig II. In 1869 he was promoted to General der Infanterie and also given command of the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. He led this unit in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. His record was exemplary in the war that resulted in Prussia’s Wilhelm I being named Germany’s first Kaiser. His courage led to major German victories at Worth and Sedan. He commanded the I. Armeekorps until his death in 1881. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11 was named in his honor. [A Battle cruiser also was named for him, known as the S. M. S. Von der Tann. She joined the fleet in 1910 and participated in the Battle of Jutland. It was her artillery that sank the HMS Indefatigable, one of Britain’s more advanced battle cruisers. Only two known survivors survived the HMS Indefatigable’s sinking out of a crew of more than 1,000 men. The S. M. S. Von der Tann suffered severe damage at the Battle of Jutland, but returned to fleet service after two months of repairs. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow in 1919 with much of the German fleet.
Today we offering von der Tann’s Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11 shoulder board. It displays the gilt regimental designation for Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11. It also has two silver pips that indicate a General der Infanterie in the capacity of a General à la Suite. The chevrons on the silver bullion braid are a very light blue. The silver bullion braid is flanked on either side by gold in the Russian braid style. The board’s reverse is red and has a red strap that enabled the shoulder board to be slipped onto a tunic. The shoulder board is in excellent condition and will make a fantastic addition to any collection.
This is an ultra-high-quality pair of an Oberstleutnant commanding Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 3’s shoulder boards. The regiment was garrisoned at Colmar i. E. It was raised in1905 and assigned to the XV. Armeekorps. [It is interesting to note that the Jäger zu Pferde Regiments were obsolete BEFORE they were created. The concept for this regiment-type was that they should be MOUNTED Jägers (similar to the Infanterie’s Jägers), acting as the Army’s eyes and engaging the opposition’s similar troops. They were then tasked with concentrating on the opposition’s officers and NCO’s in order to create chaos among the troops. Much of this changed with the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, as the introduction of fast firing rifles and cannons removed their advantage. In fact, the LAST cavalry charge took place in the Franco-Prussian War. The dawn of the machine gun was at hand. By 1905 the machine gun was a reality and additional cavalry regiments were totally unnecessary. The Army, however, was slow to acknowledge the new reality. Three Jäger zu Pferde Regiments, including Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 3, were created in 1905. Another was created in 1906, followed by one in 1908, one in 1910, and seven in 1913. Thus, fourteen of these virtually useless regiments were in service when WW I began. As soon as trench warfare was developed, ALL cavalry regiments, no matter how elite, were dismounted to fight beside their infantry comrades. It was sheer nonsense to create fourteen regiments of totally useless troops. The Kaiser and/or his military advisors failed here, miserably].
The shoulder boards measure 1 3/4” x 4 ½.” Each features a numeral “3″ for the regiment, along with a gilt button on each shoulder board. Finally, we see a single gilt pip for the rank of Oberstleutnant. Their reverses display two underlays. A white underlay is immediately beneath the shoulder board, followed by the blue underlay.
These are ultra-rare shoulder boards. How many commanders would this regiment have had from 1905 through 1918? My guess would be two or three. These would make a real find for your collection.
This is an extremely fine pair of prewar Oberstleutnant’s Feld-Artillerie shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Baden. An oberstleutnant generally was an artillery regiment’s deputy commander, if not the regimental commander. These shoulder boards may have been for a mantel (overcoat) as they are quite large, measuring 5 ½” x 2½” Each shoulder board sports the Grand Duchy of Baden’s large crown, the flaming artillerie bomb, and an oberstleutnant’s single pip. They are slip-on shoulder boards, which were typically worn by officers above a major’s rank. They have a red felt reverse. Only one of the boards has the slip-on tab. The other is missing.
I'm Kenneth (Ken) J. Greenfield, currently of New Port Richey, Florida, located on the West Coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area. I started out as a collector of Imperial German Militaria, particularly items dealing with the Imperial German Air Service in the early 1960's. After more than forty years of avid collecting, I began to sell a few items to upgrade my collection and help finance my collecting "habit." I attended militaria shows, both to buy and sell. I wanted to spend more time at home and less traveling for the national companies that I had worked for; so, starting my own business seemed like an attractive alternative. I like nothing better than talking with others about militaria, and introducing newcomers to the joys of owning a "piece of history."