Patches… A closeup of some patches on a German soldier stationed in Afghanistan. Most prominent one depicts Saint Micheal the Archangel, though this may be a personal patch. The one above it reading “A+” is the soldier’s blood type, very crucial if he’s wounded and needs a transfusion but isn’t able to reply. Last patch is the rank. That symbol denotes that he is a Hauptfeldwebel or in U.S rankings, Company First Sergeant.