German Army Afrika Cuff Title (2nd version)

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SKU: 20.GOR.03.02.05.001.001

Estimated market value:

$250 USD

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

Estimated market value:

$250 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Inscription
    Obv: AFRIKA

Physical Description and Item Details


An example of an “Afrika Kampagne/Africa Campaign” cufftitle; uniform removed; constructed of finely woven, brushed, khaki-tan coloured “camel hair” cloth, with machine embroidered script “Afrika” in grey threading, flanked on both sides by palm trees in the same colour; the top and bottom edges ordained with machine stitched silvery-grey braiding; measuring approximately 300 mm x 33 mm; with some of the threading coming undone; in overall in better than fine condition.

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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