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WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht Pioneer Unteroffizier's Shoulder Straps Schulterklappen
Item #: VF4774

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Later, second pattern, (circa May 1940-1945), field-gray wool construction, slip on shoulder straps with diamond patterned, NCO’s tress to all but the sew on ends and black wool waffenfarbe piping. Complete, excellent condition.
On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (Branch of Service Color), piping, utilized by EM/NCO’s were replaced with a rounded tip shoulder strap that included the branch of service waffenfarben. Originally these second pattern straps were manufactured in blue/green badge cloth until regulations in May 1940 altered their construction to field-grey wool. These second pattern shoulder straps were worn for the duration of the war although a third and final pattern was introduced in September 1944. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with black being chosen for, Pioneer personnel which was generally displayed as piping on the shoulder straps.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $200.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht Infantry EM'S Shoulder Straps Schulterklappen
Item #: VF4773

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Later, second pattern, (Circa May 1940-May 1945), field-grey wool construction, slip on shoulder straps with white rayon waffenfarbe piping. All complete, excellent original condition.
On November 26TH 1938 the first pattern, pointed tip, shoulder straps without waffenfarben, (Branch of Service Color), piping, utilized by EM/NCO’s were replaced with a rounded tip shoulder strap that included the branch of service waffenfarben. Originally these second pattern straps were manufactured in blue/green badge cloth until regulations in May 1940 altered their construction to field-grey wool. These second pattern shoulder straps were worn for the duration of the war although a third and final pattern was introduced in September 1944. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with white being chosen for, Infantry personnel which was generally displayed as piping on the shoulder straps.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $165.00 USD

WWII Nazi German NSDAP Vehicle Pennant Pole Top
Item #: VF4772

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Cast brass/tombak, nickle/silver plated. Roughly 75mm x 65mm. In the form of a NSDAP eagle which clutches in its talons a wreathed, mobile swastika. Threading is all intact and made into a desk ornament. Reverse of the 3 dimensional eagle is well marked with DRGM as well as the RZM logo.
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WWII Nazi German 3rd Waffen SS Panzer Division Totenkopf EM/NCO'S Cufftitle Ärmelstreiffen
Item #: FR2

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Roughly, 31mm tall and 48cm long, full length, machine woven, black rayon construction cufftitle with "BeVo", machine woven, block letter, "Totenkopf" in silvery/gray rayon threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges with interwoven, vertically stitched, silvery/gray rayon threads. The full length cufftitle has the typical "salt & pepper" pattern reverse with folded over, machine stitched ends. One of the folded over ends has the machine woven, manufacturer’s trade name, "Bevo-Wuppertal", also in silvery/gray rayon threads indicating manufacture by Bandfabrik Ewald Vorsteher of Wuppertal. The cufftitle is in overall mint, unissued condition.
The 3. SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf was formed October 1939 from concentration camp guards of the SS Totenkopfverbände with the addition of officers from the SS Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) and men from SS-Heimwehr Danzig. Generaloberst Fedor von Bock visited the division on 19 April 1940 and later wrote: The combat readiness of the SS non-commissioned officers and squadrons in insufficient. We will pay for that with unnecessary blood-shedding! It's a pity to waste such wonderful human resources. It was initially held in reserve during the campaign in the west, but was soon sent to the front in Belgium. They suffered heavy losses compared to other units but managed to keep up the advance. It later fought in France seeing its only real action against colonial troops at Tarare. It took part in the invasion of the USSR attached to Heeresgruppe Nord and advanced through the Baltic states and towards Leningrad. Generalmajor Otto Lancelle, commander of 121. Infanterie Division, on 5 July 1941 made an official complaint to LVI Panzerkorps about the behavior of SS Totenkopf Infanterie Regiment 1 during the capture of Kraslau (Krāslava), including looting and unprofessional behavior during the assault itself leading to unnecessarily high losses among the German troops. It remained in the Leningrad area until the Soviet counteroffensive pushed the Germans back and it was encircled at Demyansk January to March 1942 when it broke out. It remained on the front until it was transferred to France October 1942 where it regrouped. It was sent back to the Eastern front where it fought at Kursk and Kharkov. It was sent to Hungary December 1944 where it took part in the failed attempt to relieve Budapest. It surrendered to US forces in Austria, but was promptly turned over to the Soviets and few survived.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $4,500.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Waffen SS Oakleaf B Patten Helmet Cover In MINT Condition
Item #: FR1

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Rare, WWII Nazi German Waffen SS Oakleaf "B" 2nd pattern helmet cover with steel rocker clips. This reversible spring to fall large helmet cover is a size 1 as can been seen on the fall print side with a purplish/black printed "1". The second pattern helmet cover is differentiated from the first by the addition of foliage loops for added camouflage protection.
The first helmet covers introduced to the German armed forces were those given in 1937 to the men of the Deutschland Regiment of the recently formed SS-Verfügungstruppe.  On 3 February 1937 a patent was issued to none other than Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler for the production of a reversible cloth cover with both spring and fall pattern camouflage. 
The first cloth covers were developed by SS Sturmbahnnführer W. Brandt who was also a Ph.D. in Engineering.  The design was later enhanced by Joahnn Georg Otto Schick of Munich who jointly applied with Himmler to patent the design.  Of interest is the fact that Himmler wanted to own the patent to insure that the German Army could not duplicate the design.  In addition he wanted to ensure that he would become wealthy from the mass production of helmet covers for his growing army of SS men.  The helmet cover was produced in both "oak" and "blurred edge" camouflage cloth of the type only produced for the Waffen-SS. 
The first helmet cover pattern included four "rocker clips" that ensured that the cloth cover would remain attached to the helmet shell.  These four clips were positioned on the front, back, and sides of the cloth cover.  This design was changed during actual production to include only three clips.  The forth clip was removed from the design and was replaced by a slip or pocket for the metal visor of the helmet to slide into.  The metal rocker clips were produced in both steel and aluminum1.
First pattern helmet covers did not include loops for attaching foliage. However in 1942 all helmet covers were manufactured to include these cloth attachments on the front, sides, and rear.  Of interest is the fact that many wartime photographs taken after 1942 depict the Waffen-SS with a larger proportion of "first pattern" cloth helmet covers as opposed to those with cloth loops described as "second pattern" covers.
Shipping Weight: 0.9 lb
Your Price $6,400.00 USD

WW1 Imperial German 14th Infantry Regiment Shoulder Strap
Item #: VF4771

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WW1, Imperial German M1910 simplified shoulder strap for the 83th Infantry Regiment.

Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $60.00 USD

WW1 Imperial German 389th Infantry Regiment Shoulder Straps
Item #: VF4770

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WW1 Imperial German  set of M1915 pattern sew on shoulder straps for the 389th Infantry Regiment. Straps are both in excellent condition. 
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $225.00 USD

WW1 Imperial German 204th Infantry Regiment Shoulder Straps
Item #: VF4769

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WW1 Imperial German  set of M1915 pattern sew on shoulder straps for the 204th Infantry Regiment. Straps show some mothing but otherwise excellent condition. 
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $150.00 USD

Imperial German Königl.Generalkommissariat für die militärische Jugendvorbereitung Armband
Item #: VF4768

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Imperial German Königl. Generalkommissariat für die militärische Jugendvorbereitung armband in excellent condition. This BeVo style embroidered armband is in excellent condition and worthy in any insignia collection.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $145.00 USD

WWII Nazi German SS Visor Cap Skull Early Jawless First Pattern
Item #: VF4767

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Early jawless first pattern SS skull. This skull is in wonderful condition and has shed just enough of the "silvering” to give it a really stunning battle worn look. The skull is about 1 1/8″ high and about 1 1/4″ and retains both prongs. A great skull for display.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $350.00 USD

WWII Nazi Deutsche Reichspost Armband Kampfbinde
Item #: VF4766

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Dark blue wool armband with a machine woven, golden-yellow eagle, whose spread wings have a span of 3 inches, clutching a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons, with, in Gothic script, "Reichspost" arching underneath it.
As with most nations, the German national postal service was a uniformed organization, whose uniform regulations were altered shortly after the NSDAP achieved political power in January of 1933.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $190.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Luftwaffe Officer's Cape Insignia
Item #: VF4765

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WWII Nazi German fastening clasp for Luftwaffe officer cape or cloak. The cape was an optional private purchase item that was no longer available after the war began. This clasp is a textbook example. Each insignia has an embossed eagle head, with one side of which can hook and unhook. All prongs are intact but missing the short chain. Correct silver light weight metal with aluminum back discs. The clasp is sometimes called a "Spanierschlosse" (Spanish castle).
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $275.00 USD

WWII Theater Made US Constabulary Embroidered on Felt Patch
Item #: VF4764

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Beautiful, WWII embroidered on felt US Constabulary shoulder patch. Insignia is in excellent condition and worthy in any collection. 
The concept of a police-type occupation of Germany arose from the consideration of plans for the most efficient employment of the relatively small forces available.

The speed of redeployment in the fall of 1945, and the certainty that the occupational troop basis would have to be reduced speedily, dictated the utmost economy in the use of manpower. The basic principle of the police-type occupation—that the lack of strength in the forces of occupation must be made up for by careful selection, rigid training, and high mobility—cannot be attributed to any single individual, or indeed to any single agency. Before any plans were worked out for the organization of the United States Constabulary, units of the United States Army assigned to occupational duties in Germany had experimented with the organization of parts of their forces into motorized patrols for guarding the borders and maintaining order in the large areas for which they were responsible. In September 1945, the G-2 Division of European Theater Headquarters put forward a plan, which was carried into effect towards the end of the years for the organization of a special security force known as the District Constabulary. In October 1945, the War Department asked European Theater Headquarters to consider the feasibility of organizing the major portion of the occupational forces into an efficient military police force on the model of state police or constabulary in the United States.

Ideas crystallized rapidly. At the end of October 1945, General Eisenhower, then Theater Commander, announced to the proper authorities that the population of the United States Zone of Germany would ultimately be controlled by a super-police force or constabulary. In early November, the strength of the proposed constabulary was announced as 38,000. Planning was well advanced by the end of 1945, when the European Theater Headquarters notified the War Department that the constabulary would be organized as an elite force, composed of the highest caliber personnel obtainable under the voluntary re-enlistment program, and that it would be equipped with an efficient communications network, sufficient vehicles and liaison airplanes to make it highly mobile, and the most modern weapons. During the paper stage, the organization was known by a series of names. "State Police" was discarded for "State Constabulary." Then it was thought that "State" would be confusing, as the main United States Zone of Germany had been divided, for purposes of civil administration, into three states, or Länder. Then the organization emerged from the planning stage, it as known as the "Zone Constabulary," but before it became operational it was named "United States Constabulary."
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $85.00 USD

WWII Nazi German NSDAP Ortsgruppe Blockhelfer Armband
Item #: VF4763

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The hardest Orts level armband to find at the Operational level. Ortsgruppe Blockhelfer (Block Assistant) or Betriebsobmann (Factory Official). Single 3 mm gold ribbon stripe running through the center of the red field with gold metal political pip to center of the swastika. Blue piped with gold trim to swastika. Mint condition.
The NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), was originally founded in Munich as the DAP, Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (German Worker’s Party), on January 5TH 1919. When Adolf Hitler joined the DAP in the autumn of 1919 he was to reform what was basically a debating society into an active political party. Appointed as the first chairman of the party on July 29TH 1921 Hitler was to restructure it along para-military lines in a hierarchy of four levels of government consisting of the Reichsleitung, (National Level), the Gauleitung, (Provincial/State Level), the Kreisleitung, (District Level), and the Ortsgruppenleitung, (Local Level). The NSDAP had utilized the basic identifying swastika armbands as early as 1922 to be worn by party members at all rallies or political functions. Shortly afterwards, (circa 1923), Political Leader’s began wearing a new pattern armband with additional stripes that indicated functional positions within the party. In 1939 a second pattern of Political Leader’s armbands were introduced which denoted administrative or operational functions and level of government. Of Note: In late 1934 items manufactured for the NSDAP, came under the quality control of the RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster) and as a result were marked with the RZM logo when appropriate. Of Note: The RZM 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.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $650.00 USD

WWII German Nazi Wehrmacht Police Feldgendarmerie Gorget Ringkragen
Item #: VF4760

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The most iconic symbol of the Feldgendarm was the Gorget plate or Ringkragen worn around the neck when on duty. This stamped steel plate on its neck chain gave rise to the perjorative nick-name of the Feldgendarmerie, "Kettenhunde" or "Chain Dogs" Well worn example shows the been there look and is completely original.
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