NCOs insignia was displayed in two places; on the collar of the
uniform (also cuffs of the Waffenrock), and on the shoulder straps. The collars of
field blouses were edged in tress (lace) by NCOs, running along the bottom and front of
the collar. On the Waffenrock and the prewar Dienstrock, the tress was sewn to the
top and front of the collar instead.
COLLARS AND CUFFS
At left, a Waffenrock
showing the collar tress on top and front of the collar. At centre a Reichswehr
period Dienstrock showing the tress on the top of the collar, worn as a dress uniform, and
at right, the standard feldbluse showing tress worn on the bottom of the collar.
Tress was also worn on the cuffs of the
Waffenrock by NCOs. Patches similar
to the collar litzen were worn on the cuffs, simulating the button holes found on 18th
century military uniforms.
Standard enlisted men's shoulder straps were
worn by NCOs, with two major differences. NCO tress was worn on the shoulder strap,
and for those NCOs ranked Feldwebel or higher, metal unit devices were used rather than