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WWII German Nazi Waffen SS Horst Wessel EM/NCO Cufftitle (Ärmelstreiffen)
Item #: JJ21
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I recently purchased a large amount of a Veteran's acquired SS insignia including several cufftitles and various volunteer and Dachau made insignia. Roughly, 1 1/8" tall, 17 5/8" long, full length, machine woven, black rayon construction cufftitle with machine woven, (Bevo), SS runes and Latin script, "Horst Wessel", in silvery/gray rayon threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges in vertically stitched silvery/gray rayon threads. The reverse of the cufftitle has the typical, repeating, "salt & pepper" pattern reverse. The cufftitle is in overall excellent, unissued condition.
Born in Bielefeld on October 9TH 1907, Horst Wessel joined the NSDAP in 1926 and had advanced to the rank of SA-Sturmführer by May 1929. In early 1929 Wessel had penned the lyrics to an SA propaganda marching song entitled, Die Fahn Hoch, (Raise the Flag High), set to the tune of an old folk song. Wessel submitted the song to Reichsminister Dr. Josef Goebbels’ newspaper, Der Angriff, (The Assault), for public consumption in October 1929. In early 1930 Wessel was living with a former prostitute in the slums of Berlin and was shot and mortally wounded by a rival suitor, who happened to be a communist, on January 14TH 1930. Goebbels’ seized the propaganda opportunity of Wessel’s shooting and mutated it into a politically motivated assassination attempt. In Goebbels version of the events Wessel was wounded in a street brawl instigated by the communists in Berlin. Goebbels had Wessel’s song performed publicly for the first time at an NSDAP rally at the Berlin Sportplatz on February 7TH 1930 where it became an immediate success. Wessel succumbed to his wounds and died on February 23RD 1930 and was instantly hailed as a political martyr of the NSDAP. In January 1944 the SS began the formation of a new division in Croatia which would eventually become the 18.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division. The division was formed around a nucleus of personnel from the 1.SS-Infanterie-Brigade (mot.), and it was intended, to fill the ranks with SA personnel, and was allotted the honor title of "Horst Wessel". Due to the bad feelings between the SS and the SA dating back to the "Night of the Long Knives" in June 1934, few SA men volunteered for service and the ranks were filled mostly by Hungarian personnel. Shortly after its formation the division was allotted the Horst Wessel cufftitle. Of Note: The NSDAP extracted its revenge on Wessel’s alleged murderer, Albrecht Höhler who was himself murdered by the SA shortly after Hitler ascended to power in 1933. Also Of Note: The title to Wessel’s song, Die Fahn Hoch, was changed after his death to, Horst Wessel Lied, (Horst Wessel Song), and became the second most popular and performed song during the Third Reich after the national anthem, Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles. 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 $900.00 USD