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Identification of shoulderboard set....Police, Fire?

Article about: I have a set of shoulderboards that I cannot identify....I think they are Fire Protection Police, but these boards are black in the center, not dark brown...any help with this?....Thanks in

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    Wow, that is a lot to digest!....Thank You very much for the clarification....Frank

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    I thought it would be of interest to add a full rank list. Here we go:



    1. Berufsfeuerwehren [Professional Fire Brigades]

    1.1 Ranks for the 1936 - 1939 period

    Rank class: Feuerwehrmänner [fire brigade men]
    - Feuerwehranwärter
    - Feuerwehrmann
    - Oberfeuerwehrmann
    - Löschmeister


    Rank class: Feuerwehrführer [fire brigade officers]
    - Brandmeister
    - Oberbrandmeister
    - Brandingenieur


    Rank class: Höhere Feuerwehrführer [senior fire brigade officers]
    - Baurat
    - Oberbaurat
    - Branddirektor
    - Oberbranddirektor (Berlin)
    ; Vorsitzender des Amtes Berufsfeuerwehren


    Notes: Ranks from Feuerwehranwärter up to and including Oberbrandmeister were identical for the Berufsfeuerwehren and the Freiwillige Feuerwehren. The Oberbranddirektor (Berlin) and the Vorsitzender des Amtes Berufsfeuerwehren were of equal rank and the equivalent to general officers.



    2. Freiwillige Feuerwehren [Volunteer Fire Brigades]

    2.1 Ranks for the 1936 - 1939 period

    Rank class: Feuerwehrmänner [fire brigade men]
    - Feuerwehranwärter
    - Feuerwehrmann
    - Oberfeuerwehrmann
    - Löschmeister


    Rank class: Feuerwehrführer [fire brigade officers]
    - Brandmeister
    - Oberbrandmeister
    - Hauptbrandmeister


    Rank class: Höhere Feuerwehrführer [senior fire brigade officers]
    - Wehrführer
    - Kreiswehrführer
    - Landeswehrführer
    - Vorsitzender des Amtes Freiwillige Feuerwehren



    Notes: Ranks from Feuerwehranwärter up to and including Oberbrandmeister were identical for the Berufsfeuerwehren and the Freiwillige Feuerwehren. The Vorsitzender des Amtes Freiwillige Feuerwehren was equivalent to a general officer.


    2.2 Ranks for the 1940 - 1943 period

    Rank class: Anwärter und Truppmänner [candidates and squad men]
    - Anwärter
    - Truppmann
    - Obertruppmann
    - Haupttruppmann


    Rank class: Truppführer [squad leaders]
    - Truppführer
    - Obertruppführer
    - Haupttruppführer


    Rank class: Zugführer [platoon leaders]
    - Zugführer
    - Oberzugführer
    - Hauptzugführer


    Rank class: Höhere Führer [higher leaders]
    - Kreisführer
    - Bezirksführer
    - Abschnittsinspekteur



    Notes: The ranks of Anwärter up to and including Truppführer were also used for the Pflichtfeuerwehren [obligatory fire brigades], where Truppführer was the highest possible rank.


    2.3 Ranks for the 1943 - 1945 period

    Rank class: Mannschaften [men]
    - Anwärter
    - Unterwachtmeister
    - Rottwachtmeister


    Rank class: Unterführer [NCOs]
    - Wachtmeister
    - Oberwachtmeister
    - Zugwachtmeister
    - Hauptwachtmeister
    - Meister


    Rank class: Führer [officers]
    - Zugführer
    - Oberzugführer
    - Hauptzugführer


    Rank class: Höhere Führer [senior officers]
    - Abteilungsführer
    - Oberabteilungsführer
    - Landesführer



    Notes: This revision of ranks was the result of adopting police ranks for the men and NCOs. All ranks were used with the suffix "d. Fw." [= der Feuerwehr] to differentiate them from the other branches of the police and technical auxiliary police.
    The designations Kreisführer, Bezirksführer and Abschnittsinspekteur were retained, but were now used to identify duty positions rather than ranks. The designation Bereitschaftshauptwachtmeister was newly introduced and referred to a duty position equivalent to a Kompaniehauptwachtmeister in the Orpo.
    The ranks of Anwärter up to and including Hauptwachtmeister were also used for the Pflichtfeuerwehren [obligatory fire brigades], where Hauptwachtmeister was the highest possible rank.



    3. Werkfeuerwehren [Factory fire brigades]

    3.1 Ranks for the 1942 - 1943 period


    Rank class: Anwärter und Truppmänner [candidates and squad men]
    - Anwärter
    - Truppmann
    - Obertruppmann
    - Haupttruppmann


    Rank class: Truppführer [squad leaders]
    - Truppführer
    - Obertruppführer
    - Haupttruppführer


    Rank class: Zugführer [platoon leaders]
    - Zugführer
    - Oberzugführer
    - Hauptzugführer


    Rank class: Höhere Führer [higher leaders]
    - Brandingenieur
    - Oberbrandingenieur
    - Werkbranddirektor



    Notes: The ranks of Anwärter up to and including Hauptzugführer were identical for the Werkfeuerwehren and the Freiwillige Feuerwehren.
    Werkfeuerwehren that were put in charge of the fire protection of their local communities in addition to that of the industrial facilities to which they belonged also wore the same collar patches and shoulder boards as the Freiwillige Feuerwehren.


    3.2 Ranks for the 1943 - 1945 period

    Rank class: Mannschaften [men]
    - Anwärter
    - Unterwachtmeister
    - Rottwachtmeister


    Rank class: Unterführer [NCOs]
    - Wachtmeister
    - Oberwachtmeister
    - Zugwachtmeister
    - Hauptwachtmeister
    - Meister


    Rank class: Führer [officers]
    - Zugführer
    - Oberzugführer
    - Hauptzugführer


    Rank class: Höhere Führer [senior officers]
    - Brandingenieur
    - Oberbrandingenieur
    - Werkbranddirektor



    Notes: This revision of ranks was the result of adopting police ranks for the men and NCOs parallel to the Freiwillige Feuerwehren.
    The ranks of Anwärter up to and including Hauptzugführer were identical for the Werkfeuerwehren and the Freiwillige Feuerwehren.
    Werkfeuerwehren that were put in charge of the fire protection of their local communities in addition to that of the industrial facilities to which they belonged also wore the same collar patches and shoulder boards as the Freiwillige Feuerwehren.

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