This is an impressive single shoulder board for a Prussian officer who was a General der Infanterie and also served as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal adjutant. This superb shoulder board measures 2″ x 4 ½.” [Please note: before WW I a General der Infanterie who commanded forces in the field would have commanded one of Germany’s Armeekorps. The latter was Germany’s largest field organization prior to WW I, as Armees and Armeegruppen had yet to be founded. The ranks of Generaloberst and Generalfeldmarschall emerged AFTER the larger field units were founded]. The Kaiser’s adjutant, however, was NOT in charge of field units. Instead, he attended the German Empire’s Kaiser, Kings, Grand Dukes, Dukes, and Princes.
The shoulder board is similar to any general officer’s. It is constructed of alternating silver and gold Russian bullion braids. In the center is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned royal cypher (WR – Wilhelm Rex). Flanking this cypher are two silver pips that indicate a General der Infanterie (OR a General der Kavallerie or General der Artillerie). The silver pips indicate an à la Suite officer. The shoulder board is in amazing condition.