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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS (Rank comparison, translation issues etc) Rank badge on chest v. shoulder straps on battle dress (7)
Generals ranks appeared in Russia in the XVII century, but until 1745 the generals did not have uniforms. General's uniform, which existed until 1764 was not a full uniform, and is merely a limitation in coloring and decorating clothes. In 1764, during the reign of Empress Catherine II, russian generals got fully regulated form, which had differences in rank and combat arm. Infantry forms color - green, cavalry - blue, artillery and engineers - red....
kanwal > 3-March-2015 9:08:03

EUROPE - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA British Army WO2 Insignia Question (16)
1915 Crown in wreath = Warrant Officer Class 1 Group (i) 1915 Royal Coat of Arms = Warrant Officer Class 1 Group (ii) 1915 Crown = Warrant Officer Class II 1918 Royal Coat of Arms in wreath = Warrant Officer Class 1 Group (i) 1918 Royal Coat of Arms = Warrant Officer Class 1 Group (ii) 1918 Crown in wreath = discontinued 1918 Crown = Warrant Officer Class II ...
Luke2 > 1-March-2015 9:13:01

EUROPE - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Kriegsmarine: Seamen rank insignia 1933-1945 (0)
Reichsmarine system Matrose, Obermatrose (one chevron), Gefreiter (two chevrons), Obergefreiter (three chevrons), Stabsgefreiter (three chevrons, the lowest with a loop) Kriegsmarine system from 28.01.1935 Seamen enlisted before 01.04.1934 used the Reichsmarine system. Matrose, Obermatrose (one chevron), Stabsmatrose (one chevron with one pip), Oberstabsmatrose (two chevrons) Kriegsmarine system from 17.10.1936 Seamen enlisted before 01.04.1934 used the Reichsmarine system, and only they could become Obergefreiters and Stabsgefreiters. Matrose, Obermatrose (one chevron), Stabsmatrose (two chevrons), Oberstabsmatrose (drei chevrons), Obergefreiter (one braided chevron, with one pip), Stabsgefreiter (two braided chevrons, with one pip) Kriegsmarine system from 31.01.1938 Seamen enlisted before 01.04.1934 used the Reichsmarine system, and only they could become Obergefreiters and Stabsgefreiters with the addition "alter Art". Matrose, Gefreiter (one chevron), Obergefreiter (two chevrons), Hauptgefreiter (three chevrons), Obergefreiter (alter Art) (one braided chevron, with one pip), Stabsgefreiter (alter Art) (two braided chevrons, with one pip) Kriegsmarine system from 23.07.1940 Seamen enlisted before 01.04.1934 with the rank of Obergefreiter (alter Art) and Stabsgefreiter (alter Art) were given the new ranks of Stabsgefreiter (neuer Art) and Oberstabsgefreiter respectively. Matrose, Gefreiter (one chevron), Obergefreiter (two chevrons), Hauptgefreiter (three chevrons), Stabsgefreiter (neuer Art) (one braided chevron, with one pip), Oberstabsgefreiter ) (two braided chevrons, with one pip). 2014-09-10 ...
Luke2 > 27-February-2015 16:30:27

HYPOTHETICAL RANKS CHALLENGE ! maxi-branched British Armed Forces (12)
this is based on an idea I had for an alternate canadian armed forces unification that I decided to revisit and adapt to this purpose. The idea is the creation of an Intendancy separate from the other branches that would group together combat support units such as catering, engineers and intelligence. I wanted to do as with the RAF but reverse it with enlisted based on RN and officers based on the army. giving them the same items felt a bit like cheating but at the same time, denying them crowns and the order of the bath's star could feel like a slight so I went with a royal lion crest to replace the crown and the order of the bath's ribbon to replace the pip. The columns on the enlisted insignias instead of the anchors represent their supporting function. I gave them grey duty uniforms with purple highlights (single breasted for enlisted, double for officers) to more easily tell them apart from the other services a grey jumpsuit is sometime worn for dirty work or whichever other branches' field uniform might be appropriate. An individual's trade is indicated by pins on his lapels. the purple dress uniform would be a "non-legacy" one. That is to say, those units without a specific traditional parade dress would wear this. Their emblem incidently is of Atlas supporting the world....
marcpasquin > 26-February-2015 0:08:26