It's getting colorful now... So let me add to that.
A while back I got busy using the free-use collar patch illustration from Wikimedia commons [ File:Kragenspiegel general.png - Wikimedia Commons ] as a basis for work with some extremely fancy high-tech graphics software (MS Paint ) and just for fun made myself a chart to illustrate the various color combinations in which collar patches with the Larisch design could be found during the Third Reich era.
Here is the result:
(This is obviously no professional job and was done by simple means, so it is admittedly a bit schematic and the colors are slightly off.)
Generals (line officers)*
Admirals (field grey uniform)
Generals (specialized career: medical)**
Generals (specialized career: veterinary)**
Generals (specialized career: motor transport park)**
Generals (specialized career: ordnance)**
Generals (specialized career: TSD/administrative service)**
Generals (specialized career: TSD/armed forces judges)**
General-ranked officials (army administration)
General-ranked officials (war-/military administration)
General-ranked offiicials (army postal service)
Generals of the Order Police
General-ranked police administration officials
Offiicials of the State Railway Protection Service, Vice President or higher***
*) Originally worn by all generals; as per an order of 25 April 1944 only for line officer generals, although in practice still worn by others (see next footnote).
**) Instituted with an order of 25 April 1944: Generals of the specialized careers were now to wear collar patches in their branch color. These were not widely worn, as the (more popular) bright red collar patches could be worn out until the end of the war.
***) Used from 1939 to 1941.
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He lives in Rumson n.j. about 40 min from me and a horse farm in Colts Neck n.j. about 20 min away........never met him........Dave H