Don Cossacks Sleeve Insignia (2nd version)


SKU: 20.GOR.

Estimated market value:

$80 USD

  • Don Cossacks Sleeve Insignia (2nd version) Obverse
  • Don Cossacks Sleeve Insignia (2nd version) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$80 USD


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Physical Description and Item Details

Issued to the 1st and 5th Don Cossack Regiment of the Volunteer Cossack Cavalry Division; manufactured in multi-coloured BeVo-style embroidery; “VD” embroidered in silvery threads (meaning Voysko Donskove); on army green rayon base; measuring 86 mm x 69 mm; mint and unworn condition.


Foreigners in the Wehrmacht either wore their own national uniforms with German rank insignia, or German uniforms with sleeve insignia identifying their country of origin. These sleeve insignia were supposed to be worn on the right upper sleeve, although they were also often worn on the left side. The shield usually shows the national colours, and often comes with a country name in Latin capitals at the top.

Of most of the foreigners sleeve insignia one or more additional (slightly) altered variants may exist.

The Don Cossacks insignia has two main versions.

The first version was introduced on December 12, 1942. It shows horizontal stripes, yellow/blue/red, inside a black border, with “Don” in blue letters on black.
The second version shows a dark grey-green shield with a smaller red/blue shield, with “VD” in Cyrillic letters in white.


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