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German Army[edit]

The article says "German Army uniforms are known for a four cord braided "figure-of-eight" decoration which acts as a shoulder board. This is called a shoulder knot." This only applies to the old Wehrmacht shoulder boards. The German Army (Bundeswehr) does not have decorative shoulder boards. Please correct this. (talk) 16:50, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

And a shoulder board is not an epaulette. Since the other national listings deal with epaulettes (with the exception of Canada, which ignores the definition given in the introduction of this article, likewise the section on UK Police shoulder markings, and which both belong in the Shoulder marks article), this text should also be deleted on grounds of consistency. And Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia are not Germany. Description of actual epaulette wear is what is needed here, consistent with other listings. Robocon1 (talk) 09:41, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
I agree about the modern shoulder board material which has slipped into this article and should really appear under "shoulder marks". You are welcome to transfer this section (although it may offend the sensitivities of some Canadian editors). The brief references to present-day Latin American ceremonial dress is probably appropriately left where it is - since the countries listed retain epaulettes closely modeled on those of the Imperial German Army dating from the early 1900s.Buistr (talk) 20:42, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

WPMilHist Assessment[edit]

This article sure could use an image... LordAmeth 15:43, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Screwed up image of Norton[edit]

OK, someone vandalized the picture of Norton that was here. I can't find the original, or who substituted "Norton the Barbarian". What gives? -- SigPig |SEND - OVER 03:09, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

United Kingdom/Police section[edit]

Modern UK police forces do not wear epaulettes, they wear shoulder straps and shoulder slides, known as Shoulder marks. This information belongs in that article. Robocon1 (talk) 09:53, 15 May 2015 (UTC)


Epaulettes are not shoulder straps or shoulder boards within the definition given in the introduction of this article - only, as the introduction says, in colloquial use. This section at present contains no information about epaulettes. The other sections describe historical epaulette wear and their use today for ceremonial purposes. This should do the same. Can anyone help? (The text at present more properly belongs in the Shoulder mark article.) Robocon1 (talk) 10:20, 15 May 2015 (UTC)