Lampasse(s) (German: Lampasse(n).) are in a large number of national armed forces trouser stripes. In German speaking countries as General Staff–qualified officers, their uniform featured these distinctive double-wide lampasses. Because of the similar spelling, it should not be mixed up with the Lampas (French: Lampas).) which is of different meaning.
For general officers of the German Bundeswehr the tradition to use lampasses was given up in 1956. However, general officers of the National People's Army, Volkspolizei and Stasi, as well as flag officers of the Volksmarine wore double-wide lampasses on uniform trousers in the appropriate corps colour until 1990.
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In Germany today the general officers of the Bundespolizei wear double-wide Lampasses in deep green.
Lampasses are worn even today in a large number of national armed forces on dress uniform, full dress uniform, or duty uniform of general officers. The gold-coloured lampasses of the US-Cavalry is also well known.
Sources / references
- BROCKHAUS Encyclopaedia in 24 Volumes, volume 13: 3-7653-3673-4, 2001, P. 27. (in German)
- Word and tradition in the German Army (de: Heer), by Transfeldt – v. Brand – Quenstedt, 6th increased edition, Hamburg 11 H.G. Schulz 1967, p. 55/§76, Lampasse