Luftwaffe Jagdstaffel 1916/18 Cuff Title (Officer version)
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The German Wehrmacht was composed of three main branches, the Heer (Army), the Kriegsmarine (Navy), and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). The Heer and Kriegsmarine uniforms were based upon the designs utilized by their predecessor organizations, the Reichsheer and the Kaiserliche Marine. Conversely, the Luftwaffe uniforms were based upon the uniforms worn in the sports and paramilitary organizations that were the forerunners of the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe uniforms were specifically designed to deviate from the designs of the other Wehrmacht service branches. It was also necessary that the uniforms differentiate between military and civilian pilots.
The majority of cuff titles worn by Luftwaffe personnel were instituted prior to the beginning of the Second World War. The cuff titles that were instituted prior to, and during, the Second World War fall into four general categories: Campaign Cuff Titles, Commemorative Honour Cuff Titles, Formation Cuff Titles, and Great War Honour Cuff Titles.
The "Jagdsraffel 1916/18" cuff title is categorized as a Great War honour cuff title. It was worn by Luftwaffe personnel who had been members of the Jagdstaffel Boelcke Nr. 2 during the First World War. The title was worn on the right forearm of the service dress jacket for NCO/EMs (Non-Commissioned Offices and Enlisted Men), and on the flight blouse and summer tunic for Officer ranks.
This cuff title features the obverse inscription “JAGDSTAFFEL BOELCKE NR. 2 1916/18” in silver-coloured lettering and silver-coloured Russian-style braid borders along the top and bottom edges of the title. For Officers, the inscription is composed of silver/aluminum wire. For NCO/EMs, the inscription is composed of a matte-grey/silver cotton thread.
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