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Old 02-18-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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German Patch question for the experts

In the thread I started in Ground Pounders about an RSO driver, Dubar1 brought something to my attention that I had never heard of: a trade patch for German vehicle drivers. He provided this link:

Driver's trade patch

(Now, this is the kind of stuff I live and breathe for on the board: a chance to learn something new. Although a small detail, it's exactly the kind of thing I like.)

I have a few questions for the experts on this board about such a patch.

1. How prevalent was its use?
2. Would different service branches have different colors, like shoulder boards and waffenfarbe?
3. Would a driver sew such a patch on his coveralls, or only on the tunic sleeve?
4. Long shot: Is anybody already making this patch in 1:6?
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:31 PM   #2
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Not sure, but CVI may have one here:

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Old 02-18-2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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I'm at work and can't check my patch references until later today. I'll look and post something this evening. I believe Dubar1 is correct about CVI making them--they have 4 different background colors for use in various theaters of operation.
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:16 PM   #4
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Ed,

I am not an expert but here goes. I have 2 books, one is the Waffen SS, vol. 1 by Bender/Taylor and the Luftwaffe by Bender

I have not included all the trade badges but heres what I cyphered.

Ill start with the SS first because the mention Heer badges as well



The #1 Badge is for farrier personnel (Hufbeschlagpersonal). What a farrier is ? maybe a messenger, I don't know. There isn't really a driver designated in the badges I have seen for SS. The #2 badge is for Technical personnel. And the #4 bages is for "Transport Sergeants" Shirrmeisters. Thats it for the SS except for the next page.



Apparently the ss used heer badges early on. The above badges are heer badges in green.

The SS diamonds were worn on lower left sleeve.

The army badges were worn on the right lower sleeve.
(not at the same time.)
these were worn through out the war.

one more note.

the waffenfarb for ss motor transport service was light pink, supply troops light blue, if these apply to Heer i don't know

Finally the luftwaffe badges have a badge for a driver



The lower right badge is for a Motor vehicle driver ( kraftfahrer) the #15 badge is for Ordnance personnel.

Also.



#34 badge is for a LW. transport sergeant

The horseshoe is common with all branches as a farrier and the Gothic S is for Shirrmeister ( transport Sargeant.

to anwser your question I only found i driver badge in the luftwaffe book. I am sure one exists for heer drivers. the badges were worn throughout the war, more common in the early days and worn by sergeants and below if you were a specialist.


SS badges were black, heer were green and lW were dark blue
Says they were worn on tunics and greatcoats, but I think you could put them on any clothiing because the badge wearing by the end of the war was all over the place.
Hope this helps ! I know CVI has the LW badges.
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:23 PM   #5
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I believe Dubar1's badge is like a merit badge for the Hitler Youth.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:05 PM   #6
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Dennis - farriers shoe horses so I guess they would be found in cavalry units. I suppose that living in the sticks has some uses
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Pending further research, I think I'll leave my driver patchless.
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:07 PM   #8
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Grüß Gott Oberleutnant,

The badge in question is called the "Kraftfahr-Bewährungsabzeichen." Say that 3 times fast!!! Or in english, the Motor Vehicle Driver's Badge of Merit. It was instituted on 23 October 1942, but was retroactive to 1 December 1940. The badge was awarded to military and civilian drivers who had distinguished themselves during periods of combat as drivers. It was also awarded to those persons who had taken exceptional care of their vehicles under adverse conditions.

The medal badge was instituted in three classes...bronze, silver, and gold. The award was mounted onto a circular or diamond-shaped piece of cloth that matched the color of the wearer's uniform. The award was sewn to the left forarm of the field, service and parade uniform.

Here is a scan of the badge that I have in my collection:



And this is a scan of the Wehrmacht-Führerschein or Military Driver's License from my collection:






Hope that clears up things for you.

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Old 02-18-2006, 11:11 PM   #9
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OK , this thread rang some bells so I looked out my copy of Brian Davis' book "German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-1945" which has a pic on page 99 of an Obergefreiter wearing the Kraftfahr-Bewahrungsabzeichen ( Drivers' Service Badge) on left sleeve cuff , where trade badges would go. My scanner is dead but I have found these pics..


The badge without cloth backing is the gold award version.
I also remember seeing a picture somewhere , but cannot recall where in my book collection, of a driver wearing the NSKK drivers badge in the same place , and found this pic of one...

Hope this helps!

EDIT - dang Patrick, you beat me to the draw
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Old 02-19-2006, 12:10 AM   #10
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hi all

it just happens that i am changing my tiger crew from ss to heer and got the fantastic cvi rank sets the detail on them is amazing you also get an infomation sheet with each set the patch for the driver is a circle grass green with a red/pale rose cog'wheel on the inside and it is put down as (motor transport mechanic 2st class) ( the 1st class badge has what looks like a pale rose bourder around it) (transport and maintenance) and placed on the lower right sleeve

i would also like to know would these type of badges be put on the panzer black uniform i know the signal badge is but what about other types :S

driver (as above)
medic/first aider if trained as one

and so on

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I also found this page on the excellent Wehrmacht Awards site
http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/war_...iver_badge.htm
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Old 02-19-2006, 09:58 PM   #12
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Sorry for the delay on my 2 cents worth. The CVI patches seem to be for mechanics/artisians(metal fabricators) in different grades. These trade badges don't appear to come in a "driver" type. I would go patchless unless you decide to make him "distinguished". You could go the mechanic/driver route as well.
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Old 02-20-2006, 01:28 AM   #13
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Drivers Patch

Here a picture of my Wife's Father with his drivers patch, as you can see he was in the Navy. He was a driver during the whole War and never set foot on a ship. He had told me a lot of stories of where he had been and seen.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:23 PM   #14
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Well you learn something everyday..I feel like an idiot on the farrier...Looks to be alot of variation on drivers patches.. the LW and navy patches and then the medals....
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