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WWII US Army Photographer Badge & Shoulder Patch
Item #: VF4362

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Beautiful, WWII US Army photographer badge & shoulder patch. Badge measures roughly 2 3/8 and is made of stamped brass with a nickel plating. The badge is very ornate five pointed star background on the center section while the upper and lower portions have a circular pattern. I've never seen this badge before so I am winging it on the price. Also included is a standard shoulder sleeve patch. One thing I know, this badge is 100% original and to the period. Photographers were attached, not assigned, to units and were identified by an arm or shoulder patch and other insignia. Military photographers were usually enlisted men, with the same training and uniforms as other soldiers. The Corps coordinated communication for air, ground, and naval units during the war, providing technology, services, and personnel. In addition to its primary role in military transmissions, the unit produced training films for army and civilian personnel and documented the war.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $350.00 USD

WWII Nazi German BULLION WIRE Wehrmacht Oberschütze's Rank Pip Dienstgradabzeichen
Item #: VF4361

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Early, second pattern, (circa 1936-1940), Oberschütze rank insignia consists of a roughly, 60mm diameter, blue/green badge wool base with a central, hand embroidered, rank pip in silver wire threads.
On December 22ND 1920 the Reichsheer, (National Army), instituted a system of sleeve rank insignia for enlisted personnel. The Reichsheer system remained in effect until the newly formed Wehrmacht Heer, (Armed Forces, Army), introduced a new system on September 25TH 1936 that included the Oberschütze sleeve rank pip. Originally the base material of the standard issue rank insignia was in field-grey badge cloth until regulations of October 1935 altered the base material to a blue/green badge cloth. Further regulations on April 25TH 1940 altered the base material of the standard issue insignia to field-grey wool while the coloration of the base material for specialized uniforms such as the black panzer wrap or the olive/drab tropical tunic utilized the base color of the uniform.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $75.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht AFRIKA Cufftitle Removed From Tunic Afrika Ärmelbänder
Item #: VF4360

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Woven, brushed, khaki/tan, camelhair construction cufftitle features machine embroidered, capitalized Latin script, "Afrika", flanked by palm trees to either side in silvery/gray rayon threads. The top and bottom edges of the cufftitle are bordered in machine stitched on, horizontal, silvery/gray, rayon Russian braiding. The cufftitle has both the top and bottom edges machine stitched down to the reverse and has the typical opened back revealing the reverse of the embroidered script. The cufftitle is in overall very good condition with light age and usage toning and has been removed from the uniform.
In late 1940 the Germans began the hasty formation of the DAK, Deutsches Afrikakorps, (German Africa Corps), under command of, then Generalmajor, later Generalfeldmarschall, Erwin Rommel, as an expeditionary force to assist their Italian allies in the disastrous North African campaign. The first units of the DAK arrived in Tripoli in February 1941 and under Rommel’s inspired leadership the DAK and their Italian allies were soon able to push the British back and bring some stability to the region. As a result of the German OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), preoccupation with the invasion and battles in Russia and a lack of adequate supplies and reinforcements, the DAK would finally be defeated by the British in May 1943. Of Note: On July 18TH 1941, an "Afrikakorps" cufftitle was officially introduced for wear by personnel serving with the DAK. The "Afrika" cufftitle was introduced on January 15TH 1943 and was the second cufftitle in a series of four that held the status of a campaign award. The cufftitle was considered a military combat decoration, and as such, was bestowed with a corresponding award possession document. The basic criteria for award of the "Afrika" cufftitle, was a minimum of six months service in the African campaign, although personnel who had been wounded, contracted a tropical illness, or had won a military award, regardless of the time served in the African theatre were also entitled bestowal of the award. Of Note: With the introduction of the "Afrika" cufftitle the previously worn "Afrikakorps" cufftitle was ordered removed. Although the "Afrika" cufftitle was a campaign award most personnel who had worn the "Afrikakorps" cufftitle would have been eligible for award of the "Afrika" cufftitle. Also Of Note: The four campaign award cufftitles consisted of the "Kreta", (Crete), introduced on October 16TH 1942, the "Afrika" cufftitle introduced on January 15TH 1943, the "Metz" cufftitle introduced on October 24TH 1944 and the "Kurland", (Courland), cufftitle introduced on March 12TH 1945.
Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
Your Price $425.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Waffen SS Polizei Division EM/NCO'S Cufftitle Ärmelstreiffen
Item #: FRJ153

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Full length, RZM pattern, machine woven, black rayon construction cufftitle featuring machine embroidered, SS runes and Latin script, "SS-Polizei-Division", in silvery/gray, rayon threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges in seven strand, horizontally woven, bright, silver/aluminum wire threads. Super nice.
The 4. SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division, (4TH SS-Police-Armored-Infantry Division), was originally formed as the Polizei-Division by order of September 18TH 1939, with the personnel drawn mainly from the Ordnungspolizei, (Order Police). On its formation it wasn’t considered a true SS Division, but after proving itself in combat, it was accepted as a full SS Division on February 10TH 1942 and given the designation, "SS-Polizei-Division". On April 15TH 1942 divisional personnel were authorized wear of a cufftitle with the standard police emblem of a national eagle encompassed by an oak-leaf wreath. On December 1ST 1942 a newly designed, second pattern cufftitle was introduced with the RZM style, machine embroidered script, "SS-Polizei-Division", for EM/NCO’s and a woven, silver/aluminum, flat-wire version for Officer’s. In early 1943 a machine woven BeVo version was also introduced for wear. Of Note: In September 1943, the division was given its final designation as, 4.SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division. Of Note: The RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster), was official founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA Quartermaster’s Department. The functions of the RZM were not only to procure and distribute items to Party formations, but also to approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification and were standardized. Starting in late 1934 items manufactured for the SS came under the quality control of the RZM and were marked by a cloth RZM/SS approval tag. The dimensions and design of these cloth tags was altered in 1935 and this second pattern tag remained in use until early 1938, when it was replaced by a paper tag. In 1943 the Waffen-SS assumed full control over their uniform item production and no longer fell under the authority of the RZM.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $1,050.00 USD

WWII Nazi Golden Hitler Youth Member's Honor Badge
Item #: FRJ152

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A die struck alloy badge with a gold wash and enamel work, in the form of an elongated, vertical diamond. Within its borders is a black enamel, mobile swastika, set against a golden diamond, with white enamel fields to its left and right, and translucent red enamel fields, with pebbled underlays, above and below. Complete pin and catch assembly and numbered 9502.
Introduced in June of 1934 by "Reichsjugendführer" (National-youth-leader) Baldur von Schirach, the golden Hitler Youth Honor badge, outwardly identical to the standard HJ member's badge but for its borders being wider and in gold, was intended to be awarded those in the HJ and BDM who had been members prior to the first National Youth Day Rally at Potsdam in October of 1932, and had five years of uninterrupted service. The five year stipulation was expanded to include membership in other NSDAP organizations, and the badge could also have been awarded for meritorious service, regardless of time served.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $265.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Officers M40 Panzer Grenadier Tropical Field Cap Tropeneinheitsfeldmütze M40
Item #: FRJ151

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Ribbed olive/khaki cotton twill construction cap features, dual-ply, stitched down side and back panels with a gently scalloped downward slope to the front center with silver/gray piping. The cap has 2 ventilation grommets to each side positioned just below the outer edge of the crown seam. The top center seam is correctly stitched right through the interior liner for added strength. The front center of the cap has a machine woven national eagle in flat wire threads on a cut-out, woven green rayon base. The front center of the dual-ply, downward sloping scalloped panel has a machine woven flat wire national tri-color cockade on a woven green diamond shaped rayon base. The cockade is flanked by a lime green rayon waffenfarbe soutache in an inverted "V" pattern. The soutache is applied in the proper manner being machine stitched in place and inserted through small puncture holes at the seam near the bottom edge of the cap. Both the eagle and the cockade are original stitching to the cap. The cap has an extended, cotton twill covered, forward visor with an internal cardboard stiffener. The visor has a subtly raised lip to the top of the forward edge and dual rows of reinforcement stitching to the bottom of the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in light weight red cotton. Cap is maker marked Alfred Valet Mutzenfabrik Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, size marked 59 and is dated for 42.
Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Your Price $3,200.00 USD

WWII German Nazi BDM Proficiency Honor Badge
Item #: FRJ150

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The proficiency awards were introduced for both the League of German Girls and the Jungmaedel on April 28, 1934. This achievement badge - Leistungsabzeichen in German - was in the shape of the initials "BDM" inside a rectangular frame with a plain red ribbon background for the Jungmaedel and red-white-red for the League of German Girls. Originally, both were in a silver frame with silver letters, but in 1935 a bronze award was added for the League of German Girls. After that, the letters and frame denoted the grade of the award - bronze for the Leistungsabzeichen I or silver for the Leistungsabzeichen II.  The same letters and frame in silver on a solid red background were awarded as the achievement badge of the Jungmaedel until 1940, at which point a special Jungmaedel award was created. After the introduction of this award, the frame with the letters BDM on a red-white-red background was only used for the BDM award. The Jungmaedel award only came in one grade. In order to earn the proficiency clasp, the tests had to be completed within the span of a year, and covered nursing, first aid, political knowledge, and physical and athletic exercises. Members of the Jungmaedel were not allowed to try for their award until their 12th birthday, even though the age they became eligible to join the organization was 10. More than 115,000 awards of the BDM clasp had been made by 1943. This example is numbered on the reverse 126544 and marked "RZM M1/15

Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $250.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Panzer Assault Badge In Bronze By Wilhelm Deumer Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze
Item #: VF4359

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Nicely detailed, die stamped, hollow backed, tombac award with a bronze finish. The badge is in the form of a vertically oval oak-leaf wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings, superimposed to the top center, encompassing the forward profile of a tank. The reverse of the badge is a mirror image of the obverse. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly. Unmarked but manufactured by Wilhelm Deumer.
The Panzer Assault Badge in bronze was introduced by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch on June 1ST 1940 for award to Panzer-Grenadier, medical, and armored car personnel who participated in three different armored assaults on three different days. The design of the badge was identical to the earlier instituted Panzer Assault Badge in silver for Panzer personnel except for the coloration. Of Note: By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badge didn’t sufficiently recognize the number of assaults participated in by armored personnel, which resulted in the introduction of the numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge in both silver and bronze versions on June 22ND 1943. The numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge were awarded with the numerals, 25, 50, 75 and 100. The numbered badges followed the basic design of their un-numbered predecessors but were larger and had the addition of an inset rectangular plate with a numeral to the bottom of the wreath.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $250.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Luftwaffe EM/NCO'S Tropical Breast Eagle Hoheitsabzeichen
Item #: VF4358

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Machine embroidered, second pattern, (Circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a canted swastika in it's talons, in silvery/gray cotton threads on a cut-out, tan cotton base. The eagle has a roughly, 83mm wingspan from tip to tip with a cloth backing.
The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV, Deutscher Luftsportsverband, (German Air Sports Association), the clandestine, civilian, forerunner of the Luftwaffe on August 18TH 1934 and was officially adopted for wear by all Luftwaffe personnel on March 1ST 1935. The original first pattern national eagle was utilized until a, slightly modified, second pattern national eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations dictated that the national eagle was to be worn on almost all headgear and on the right breast of almost all uniforms with a few minor exceptions. Officer's ranks generally utilized hand embroidered breast eagles as opposed to the machine embroidered breast eagles as utilized by EM/NCO ranks. Of Note: Machine woven and even metal alloy national eagles were also utilized in limited quantities. Also Of Note: Officer holding ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall and Reichsmarschall Göring utilized gold colored accoutrements including breast eagles as opposed to the silver version sworn by all other ranks. In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, the army quickly developed and issued tropical uniforms and equipment in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnel's arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. At the same time the Luftwaffe also developed and introduced their own version of the tropical uniform and insignia including a slightly different colored breast eagle.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $240.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Luftwaffe LKpW101 Winter Flight Helmet & Model 295 Flight Goggles
Item #: VF4357

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Nice quality, five panel, brown, grained kid leather construction winter flight helmet. The helmet has leather covered earphone mounts with a grooved lip to the top edges to secure the goggle straps in place. The reverse of the earphone mounts each have an external, vertical, brown leather strap with a single snap closure, also for securing the goggle straps. The reverse center of the helmet has a vertical attachment for the larynx microphone and electrical cord with a break coupling plug. The "Mi 4b" larynx microphone, features dual, horizontal, leather, fit adjustment straps with dual pronged sheet metal buckles and two bakelite microphones with single snap closure retaining straps are all intact. Script to label includes the model designation, "Lkp W. 101", equipment number "124-436-A", Luftwaffe contract number "Ln 26618" and the manufacturer "Siemens". The leather shows light/moderate usage and wear but overall a very good example. The goggles also matching the condition of the helmet are manufactured by Phillip Winter and are maker marked to the top of the frame. With only slight finish loss to the front, the pad is still supple and the strap still having all of it's elasticity. Overall a very nice set!  
With the advent of military aircraft in WWI most of the early pilots soon discovered that appropriate protective headgear was a necessity due to the cold and the all too frequent occurrence of oil leaking into the slipstream and covering the pilot. Originally the German military was caught unprepared and no specific headgear or uniforms for pilots were available. This resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced motor car helmets. These tight fitting, soft leather helmets proved to be ideal and future flight helmets were basically modified versions of the early motor car helmets. During WWII the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer then ten slightly different models of flight helmets with the main modifications being helmets issued for summer or winter wear and helmets with or without integral radio communication fittings. The LKpW101 model helmet was designed for winter wear and was outfitted with radio equipment as used by fighter pilots and bomber commanders. The LKpW101 model helmet was basically identical to the earlier LKpW100 model but with improved communications equipment.
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
Your Price $600.00 USD

WWII Nazi German NSDAP Political Leader's Belt & Belt Buckle Koppel und Koppelschloß
Item #: VF4356

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A 57mm wide, 95cm long, Havana brown leather belt, with its cast, gilt-washed aluminum belt buckle. The roughly 56mm diameter buckle features, to its convex obverse, a spread-winged eagle clutching a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons, all encircled by a wreath of oak leaves, which the eagle’s wings extend into. To a depression to its concave reverse has been fitted a buckle catch, the opposite side of which is crimped around a keeper in the form of an open, vertical rectangle. Both belt and buckle are marked RZM, "Reichszeugmeisterei" (National-materiel-control-office), logo, alongside of which is "M4/24", the manufacturer’s code for Friedrich Linden of Ludenscheid.
Belts for Political Leaders were initially produced of chocolate brown leather, until 1939, when the Havana brown color was chosen as its replacement. The circular Political Leader’s buckle was introduced in 1940, a double open-claw buckle having been used prior to that and, prior to 1934, the SA buckle.
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Your Price $350.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Waffen SS EM/NCO'S Belt & Buckle Koppel und Koppelschloß
Item #: JK2

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Stamped steel, green finish, standard pattern, box buckle. The buckle features a smooth outer field with high relief, embossed, central motif pattern consisting of an SS style national eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreath encompassing a static swastika. The swastika and wreath are in turn encompassed by a circular simulated twisted rope border with Gothic script motto, "Meine Ehre heißt Treue!", (My Honour is Loyalty!). The script is situated on a subtly textured background field and is encircled by the inner and an outer simulated twisted rope borders. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse. Unmarked. The brazed buckle catch, prong bar and prongs are all intact. Comes with a nice complete unmarked 105cm leather belt.
The Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), was originally formed in May 1923 under the auspices of the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment), as the Stosstrupp Adolf Hitler (Shock Troops), and was redesignated Schutz Staffel, (Protection Squad), in April 1925 with the official acceptance of the name verified on the second anniversary of the failed Munich "Beer-Hall" Putsch on November 9TH 1925. As a subordinate unit to the SA, early SS personnel wore the standard SA style box belt buckle. It is believed that Adolf Hitler personally designed a new pattern box belt buckle specifically for wear by SS EM/NCO personnel with the manufacturing patent being originally granted to the Overhoff & Cie. firm in Lüdenscheid. This new style buckle was adopted for wear by EM/NCO personnel in late 1931 or early 1932. Generally the early buckles were produced in solid nickel/silver until sometime in 1936 when aluminum alloys replaced the nickel/silver versions. In 1940 the EM/NCO’s belt buckles began to be manufactured in steel replacing the aluminum alloy buckles. Of Note: The RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster), was officially founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA Quartermaster’s Department. The functions of the RZM were not only to procure and distribute items to Party formations, but also to approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification and were standardized. Starting in late 1934 items manufactured for the SS came under the quality control of the RZM and as a result were to be marked with the RZM/SS approval/acceptance mark. In 1943 the Waffen-SS assumed full control over their uniform item production and no longer fell under the authority of the RZM.
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Your Price $750.00 USD

WWII Nazi German NSKK EM/NCO'S Belt & Buckle Koppel und Koppelschloß
Item #: VF4355

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Outstanding condition, Nskk belt and buckle. The buckle is a one piece nickel over brass construction. The small pattern eagle, with its head inside the bottom rope border with a spray of oak-leaves, is clutching a wreath encircling a static swastika. The catch, prong bar and prongs all intact. Leather belt is also in excellent condition and is maker marked S L indicating the maker Steinhauer & Lück and is size 100 marked.
The development of the NSKK, National Sozialistisches Kraftfahr Korps, (National Socialist Motor Corps), can be traced back to 1923 when the SA introduced a Kraftfahr Abteilung, (Motor Section), to transport personnel as required. In 1928 the SA Motor section was expanded to Kraftfahrstaffeln, (Motor Squadrons). In an attempt to create a national motor corps the NSAK, National Sozialistisches Automobil Korps, (National Socialist Automobile Corps), was formed in April 1930 as a NSDAP auxiliary organization subordinate to the SA. In early 1931 Adolf Hühnlein was appointed as Chief of the NSAK and proposed a name change to NSKK, which was officially accepted in April 1931. Before the introduction of a standardized belt buckle the NSKK used the SA pattern rectangular buckle in a variety of styles usually nickel or chrome-plated over brass or steel.
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Your Price $325.00 USD

Ultra Rare Tunic Removed 2nd SS Fuss Standarten Collar Tab With Partial Collar
Item #: VF4353

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Ultra rare, removed from the tunic, 2nd SS-Fuss Standarten collar tab. The black collar tab is mounted on the original mouse gray collar that is also piped in the same black and silver piping with an HBT underlay.
Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
Your Price $1,200.00 USD

WWII German Nazi Hitler Youth Members Belt Buckle M4/38 Richard Sieper & Söhne Koppelschloß
Item #: VF4351

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Injection molded, natural aluminum construction, box buckle features a smooth base field with an embossed, high relief, HJ style national eagle, with down-swept wings, clutching an HJ diamond to the center on a slightly pebbled background field. The eagle is encompassed by a circular ribbed background border with a simulated twisted rope trim to both the inner and outer edges. The circular border has embossed Gothic scripted HJ motto to the top, "Blut und Ehre", (Blood and Honor). The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has a raised, drilled slot, buckle catch, prong bar and prongs all intact. Reverse of buckle with embossed RZM logo and is coded M4/43 indicating the maker H.A. Erbe of Schmalkaldn.
The Hitler Youth may be traced back to March of 1922, with the formation of the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" (Youth-league of-the NSDAP), under control of the SA. In April of 1924 the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" was renamed "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" (Greater-german Youth-movement), and in July of 1926 the "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" was officially renamed "Hitlerjugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend" (Hitler-youth League of-the german Worker-youth). Prior to 1925, an assortment of uniform items were worn by "Hitler Jugend" members, mainly consisting of a white shirt and HJ armband. In an attempt to associate themselves more closely with the Nazi Party, the HJ adopted the NSDAP brown shirt in 1925. Their distinctive belt buckle was introduced in 1933.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $90.00 USD

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