Kriegsmarine Afrika Cuff Title
Image courtesy of Angolia, Schlicht, "Die Kriegsmarine - Uniforms & Traditions, Volume 1"
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The headgear, uniforms, and insignia worn by members of the Kriegsmarine were based upon the designs utilized by the Kaiserliche Marine and the Reichsmarine. The official regulations governing the uniforms of the Reichsmarine were issued on April 5, 1921, and they were embraced, with a few alterations, as the Kriegsmarine uniforms in 1935. New guidelines concerning rank insignia were issued in 1936.
The “AFRIKA” Cuff Titles are unofficial insignia worn by Kriegsmarine personnel who served in North Africa during the Second World War. Due to the unofficial nature of this cuff title, it was not worn by all Kriegsmarine personnel who served in the North African theatre.
While Kriegsmarine personnel were permitted to wear the official Heer version of the AFRIKA Cuff Title, they preferred the unofficial Kriegsmarine version.
The Kriegsmarine version was only worn for a short period, from 1941-1942, on the tropical uniform field blouse and the Kriegsmarine reefer jacket. It fell out of use with the creation of the “AFRIKA” Cuff Title with palms by the Heer in 1943.
The cuff title is composed of the band and the “AFRIKA” inscription. The cloth of the cuff title is navy-blue, and the inscription is hand-embroidered with yellow/golden thread. Because it was unofficial, there are several variants of this cuff title, with some examples displaying two stylized palm trees, and hand-embroidered borders.
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