German Army Afrika Cuff Title

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  • German Army Afrika Cuff Title (1st version) Obverse
  • German Army Afrika Cuff Title (1st version) Obverse Detail 1
  • German Army Afrika Cuff Title (1st version) Obverse Detail 2
  • German Army Afrika Cuff Title (1st version) Reverse
  • German Army Afrika Cuff Title (1st version) Reverse Detail

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    July 18, 1941

History


Cuff titles could serve several different purposes. They were used as commemorative or traditions insignia, or identifying the wearer as part of an elite unit. They were also used as career/role insignia. Some cuff titles were awarded to soldiers taking part in certain campaigns, making them the equivalent of a campaign medal. These are more accurately known as sleeve bands.

Cuff titles were mostly worn on the right sleeve, however, there were many exceptions to this rule.

The first version of this cuff title, “Afrikakorps”, was introduced on July 18, 1941. It was worn by members of the German Africa Corps fighting in North Africa. It is a dark green band with silver-coloured Latin letters, with a silver-coloured top and bottom stripe. It has a tan-coloured edge on the top and bottom.

The second version, “Afrika”, was introduced to replace the first version on January 15, 1943. It is a tan-coloured band with the silver-grey word “Afrika” framed by a palm tree on each side in the same colour, with a silver-grey top and bottom stripe. It was worn on the left sleeve.

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    $150 USD

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    Obv: AFRIKAKORPS

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    $250 USD

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    Obv: AFRIKA

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