An extremely nice set of Wartime Heeresverwaltung (Army Administration) unissued shoulder board devices, silver, pair.
The German army had a tradition dating from the 1700's, of maintaining a separate branch of Administrative Official’s attached to the army to oversee all administrative functions, thus freeing up active army Officer’s and allowing them to concentrate on actual military duties. The Official’s were responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks from Court Martial, Librarian, Logistics, Finance, Technical, Meteorological Services, Educational establishments, Barracks, and Hospital administration. Most officials careers consisted of four varying grades, of high, elevated, medium and low grade with slightly differing identifying insignia for each grade. The grade of the career was determined by the education and/or experience of the individual.Shoulder Boards of the Heeresverwaltung wore a "HV" monogram in metal pinned to their shoulder boards.
Regulations of March 12TH 1937 reorganized the Officials and instituted the new Beamte auf Kriegsdauer a.K., (Wartime Official’s for the duration of the war), to be activated in times of mobilization. Originally the uniformed Official’s were allotted an identifying dark green branch of service color, (waffenfarbe), with a nebenfarbe, (secondary color), to indicate their actual career. Regulations of March 21ST 1940, replaced the assorted nebenfarbe colors with a secondary color of light grey for all Officials regardless of career or function.
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