Attractive - albeit regrettably single! - early- (ie. pre-) war-period WH (Heeres) 'M36'- (ie. 'M40'-) pattern (rounded-style) 'cyphered', EM-type shoulderstrap as was intended for a: 'Soldat u. Mitglied des Art.-Beobachtungs-Abteilungs 44'
This is an attractive - and as such actually scarcely encountered albeit regrettably single! - early- (ie. pre-war-) period WH (Heeres), 'M36'- (ie. 'M40'-) type (rounded-style) and neatly 'cyphered', enlisted-mens'-type shoulderstrap as piped in the bright-red- (ie. 'hochroterer'-) coloured branchcolour as was intended for - and with certainty worn by! - a: a: 'Soldat u. Mitglied des Art.-Beobachtungs-Abteilungs 44' (or: siimply soldier who served within a specific, artillery-observers' unit, numbered: '44') and that comes in an overall nice- (albeit moderately used and/or worn-), condition. The neat shoulderstrap has a darker-green-coloured and (smooth) woolen-based 'upperdeck' as to be expected and shows the bright-red- (ie. 'hochroterer'-) coloured and/or woolen-type piping attached (as can be seen on the pictures). The strap never had a tongue attached and was with certainty worn as a piece of the 'sew-in'-pattern. The strap measures 11,7 cms. in length and shows the neat (machine-embroidered by means of so-called: 'Kurbelstickerei'), Gothic-styled: 'B'- and/or '44'-numerals (ie. cyphers or: 'Ziffers') attached which are executed in the bright-red- (ie. 'hochroter'-) coloured wool as to be expected. The strap shows some moderate age and/or wear (some minor staining and/or dust is visible-/present). It should be noted that all 'cyphered'-type shoulderstraps can be easily regarded 'scarce'. Simply an attractive and/or early- (ie. pre-) war period, 'cyphered Heeres'-related shoulderstrap as was intended for a: 'Soldat u. Mitglied des Art.-Beobachtungs-Abteilungs 44': too bad that it is only a single strap!