G01107-3 Luftwaffe Flak Collar Tab for a Corporal or Sergeant

G01107-3 Luftwaffe Flak Collar Tab for a Corporal or Sergeant

This is a single collar tab for a Luftwaffe soldier in a Flak (anti-aircraft artillery) unit. It was for either an Obergefreiter or a Feldwebel (roughly a lance corporal or a staff sergeant).  The individual’s shoulder straps indicated which rank he actually was. The red wool backing tells the branch of service and the 3 “gulls” indicate rank. The tab was sewn on the wearer’s right collar, with a mirror image tab on the right collar.

The tab is a parallelogram with sides measuring roughly 1 ½” by 2 ¼”. The red wool is folded over a buckram stiffener that was once impregnated with glue The tab has been wet and the glue has been lost to time. Three matching aluminum gulls are attached to the tab with brass prongs.

The tab has moderate moth damage to the front and severe moth damage to the back. However, it will display well.

I bought this in an ebay lot in 2001.

References: "Uniforms and Traditions of the Luftwaffe, Volume 1" by John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht, page 393 – 397.

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