Chinese Empire Army [shoulder insignia] - International Encyclopedia of uniforms and insignia

Chinese Empire Army [shoulder insignia]

The Chinese Imperial Army had very elaborate parade dress insignia. They were presented on jacket cuffs, on jacket collars and on the shoulder boards. For the NCOs and privates the rank was written directly on a shoulder boards which have the background of the army branch color. Officers of the combat services had "German style" shoulder knots with a gold cord. The soldiers of non-combat branches with the ranks equivalent to officer´s ranks had similar insignia but with silver cord replacing the gold one. 

The drawings are taken from the color plates from old German booklet copyrighted as "E. Huebner, Leipzig, 1910"

Chinese Empire Army [shoulder insignia]

  • Private

    Infantry

    service dress

  • Private

    Army engineer troops

    service dress

  • Private

    Artillery

    service dress

  • Private

    Trainer

    service dress

  • Private

    Cavalry

    service dress

  • Health Private

    Medical

    service dress

  • Private 1st Class

    Infantry

    parade dress

  • Corporal

    Infantry

    parade dress

  • Sergeant

    Infantrÿ

    parade dress

  • Sergeant

    Infantry

    parade dress

  • Senior Sergeant

    medical

    parade dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Infantry

    service dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Army engineer troops

    service dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Artillery

    service dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Trainer

    service dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Cavalry

    service dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Medical

    service dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    Medical

    parade dress

  • non-commissioned officer

    musical

    parade dress

  • (下等第三级) 协军校 - XIE JUN XIAO

    2nd Lieutenant, Lower level, 3rd grade

  • (下等第二级) 副军校 - FU JUN XIAO

    Lieutenant, Lower level, 2nd grade

  • (下等第一级) 正军校 - ZHEGN JUN XIAO

    Captain, Lower level, 1st grade

  • (中等第三级) 协参领 - XIE CAN LING

    Major, Middle level, 3rd grade

  • (中等第二级) 副参领 - FU CAN LING

    Lieutenant Colonel, Middle level 2nd grade

  • (中等第一级) 正参领 - ZHENG CAN LING

    Colonel, Middle level 1st grade

  • 上等第三级) 协都统 - XIE DU TONG

    Major General, Upper level, 3rd grade

  • (上等第二级) 副都统 - FU DU TONG

    Lieutenant General, Upper level, 2nd grade

  • (上等第一级) 正都统 - ZHENG DU TONG

    General, Upper level, 1st grade

The non-combat services with ranks equal to officers had the following insignia. Among those services there were no positions equal to general officers.

  • 同协军校 - TONG XIE JUN XIAO

    Lower level, 3rd grade

  • 同副军校 - TONG FU JUN XIAO

    Lower level, 2nd grade

  • 同正军校 - TONG ZHENG JUN XIAO

    Lower level, 1st grade

  • 同协参领 - TONG XIE CAN LING

    Middle level, 3rd grade

  • 同副参领 - TONG FU CAN LING

    Middle level 2nd grade

  • 同正参领 - TONG ZHENG CAN LING

    Middle level 1st grade

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