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The lanyard is in the Bundeswehr one worn only for representative purposes silver ( officers of Army and Air Force ) or gold ( generals and naval officers ) string of metal fabrication . Soldiers of the Guard Battalion of the Austrian Armed Forces also traditionally wear uniforms with lanyards for representation tasks.


Originally, the lanyard was intended to prevent the wearer from losing his headgear. (see lanyard (headgear) )

Usually it was made of cotton for enlisted men and non-commissioned officers and made of metal web for officers. In most cases it was about five millimeters thick cord that was put into a loop and the ends of which were artfully intertwined. To attach it to a special helmet hook and to the neck, three sliders were pulled over this loop.

The lanyard used to be a piece of equipment for the cavalry and also served as an ornament. Since 1897 it has only been part of the parade uniform and no longer part of the field equipment.

armed forces

German military attaché (left with lanyard) with US Navy Vice Admiral after signing a document
Line of the flag escort officers of the Bundeswehr
Guard soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces with lanyards on their uniforms

In the Bundeswehr, a silver (army and air force officers) or gold (generals and naval officers) cord made of spun metal is called a catch cord. It is carried by:

It consists of a broad braid with two loops made of metal mesh. The longer running line is connected to the broad braid and the shorter running line by a buttonhole bridge. The broad braid ends in a narrow loop, the shorter running cord has a slider. To carry the lanyard, additional buttons must be sewn on under the right shoulder flap and under the right lapel; alternatively, it can also be pinned with small safety pins. The buttonhole bridge is buttoned under the shoulder flap so that the longer running cord is at the back. This is led forward under the right arm and put around the shorter running line with a double loop (so-called lanyard knot ). The loop of the broad braid is pulled through the shorter running cord, on which a small loop was also formed with the slider, and hung on a button under the right lapel. It is important to ensure that the broad braid lies over the running cords. The button under the shoulder flap and the lapel must also be attached, neither the shoulder flap button nor the top button on the jacket may be used.
The navy lanyard deviates from this pattern only in that, instead of the buttonhole bridge, it has a cross hook that is hooked into an eyelet on the right shoulder seam (3 centimeters from the sleeve insert seam).

Differentiation from other cords to the uniform

The service cords and marking cords are to be distinguished from the actual catch cord. The service cords included z. B. the adjutant cords and the shoulder cords still worn today in the army and air force of the Bundeswehr of the officers from the security service (OvWa) of the watchkeepers , the company field weavers , etc. The rifle cord is also one of the award cords .

Austrian Armed Forces

The uniform of soldiers of the Guard Battalion differs from the uniforms of the other units of the Austrian Armed Forces by the scarlet beret , the red collar tab with white protrusion and the wearing of a lanyard.

See also

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Central Service Regulations (ZDv) 37/10 Suit regulations for soldiers in the Bundeswehr, Bonn 1996, item 430 ff.
  2. ( Memento from April 11, 2008 in the Internet Archive )