An example of the Wachbataillon cap tally worn on the service caps of enlisted sailors of the Naval Company of the unit.
Headwear for the Wachbataillon units generally depends on the ceremony in which they are performing. The usual headgear that would accompany this uniform would be a dark blue Luftwaffe beret with a metal insignia of the Wachbataillon depicting a Gothic 'W' inside of a wreath.
Also with it's exemption the Wachbataillon has been deemed as the successor unit to the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (1st Foot Guards) an infantry regiment of the Royal Prussian Army activated in 1806. The Wachbataillon is also successor of the Weimar Republic Reichswehr (Armed Forces) Infanterie Regiment 9 Potsdam (9th Infantry Regiment Potsdam) which was replaced the 1st Foot Guards in 1919.
The significance of this unit to modern Germany history is the fact that 19 of its officers (or former officers) were involved the in conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler, by far more than any other German military regiment. Most of them were executed or committed suicide after the failure of July 20th assassination plot.
The Großer Zapfenstreich usually takes place in the evening hours and consists of a military formation of at least one military band, two platoons of armed infantrymen, and two lines of soldiers carrying torches, in total about 400 men. It is performed only on special occasion such as national celebrations and solemn public commemorations, to honour distinguished persons at such special events as the leave-taking ceremony for a German federal president, and at the conclusion of large military exercises.The Großer Zapfenstreich is the highest honor that the German Federal Armed Forces can render to a civilian.
One of the most impressive was the performance for Allied troops leaving Berlin in 1994.