meaning of upsidedown german wwii shoulder boards

German Veterans, vet accounts, MIA searches, KIA info, and on relatives who served.

Moderator: Tom Houlihan

Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 473
Joined: Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:55 am
Location: Indiana, USA

meaning of upsidedown german wwii shoulder boards

Post by mightythor99 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:02 am

might seem like a dumb question,... but what does that actually mean? is that soldier an acting sgt or something? i've seen it several times, once was on a parade tunic dressed portfolio style photo,........ just saw it in a mountain troop pic. the boards are put on, upside down, so that the unit numbers, and tress would not show, only the colored soutash.
I am interested in buying / trading for photo albums, photo groupings, diaries, feldpost groupings,etc, from any country in the world, any army/navy, etc, mostly 20th century!!

User avatar
Tom Houlihan
Posts: 4301
Joined: Mon Sep 30, 2002 12:05 pm
Location: MI, USA

Re: meaning of upsidedown german wwii shoulder boards

Post by Tom Houlihan » Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:36 am

That's more of a security measure, especially for those units that carried numerical or other identification marks on their shoulder boards. Observers couldn't tell who was doing what if they saw them.

Not entirely sure how effective it was in reality, though.
Feldgrau für alle und alle für Feldgrau!

Post Reply