Senior Petty Officers & Midshipmen
In the Kriegsmarine, Chief Petty Officers (Bootsmann etc) and midshipmen/officer candidates (Fänrich, Oberfänrich) were Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee and Warrant Officers (Feldwebel ranks) were Unteroffiziere mit Portepee.
The Portepee was a twisted silver cord with an "acorn" at one end, worn attached to the dagger.
Service dress for Senior Petty Officers & Midshipmen consisted of:
a jacket, a pair of trousers, a white shirt, grey gloves,
peaked cap, and, if specified, grey gloves and dagger.
Rank for Chief Petty Officers was indicated on sleeve and collar, and for Feldwebel ranks by gold insignia on blue shoulder straps.
Illustration at left shows an Obersteuermann (Chief Boatswain).
Fähnrich z.S. and Oberfähnrich z.S. wore uniforms with shoulder boards similar to officers, but peaked caps with leather-covered peaks, as Senior Petty Officers'. Officers' caps had cloth-covered peaks
The blue peaked cap was officially worn with white cover between 20 April-30 September, but this was banned in home waters during the war.
|Peaked cap for all sergeant and officer cadet ranks|
The following pictures are examples of various uniforms:
(Walking out dress, ERA CPO)
|Dienstanzug Oberfähnrich zur See
(Service dress, Senior Midshipman)
|Feldanzug Hauptfeldwebel (MA)
[Undress, Company Sergeant Major (Coastal Artillery)]]
|Dienstanzug Fähnrich (Ing.)
Service dress, Engineer Midshipman]
(Service dress, Quartermaster/CPO)