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WWII 13th Waffen SS Gebirgs-Division Brass Letter Opener Trench Art
Item #: VF3115
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Beautiful WWII 13th Waffen SS Gebirgs-Division brass letter opener. Completely handmade from a piece of flat stock of brass depicting an edelweiss flower to the top while the blade shows the Bosnian coat-of-arms, the scimitar with the date 1943 which is the year the division was formed. Overall a very attractive piece measuring roughly 11 inches in length. On February 10TH 1943 Hitler ordered the formation of a new Waffen SS Division to be manned by volunteers from the Independent State of Croatia. This new division would eventually evolve into the 13.Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS "Handschar" (kroat.Nr.1), and was primarily manned from Muslims from the Bosnia-Herzegovina region of Croatia, with a cadre of German personnel from the 7. SS-Freiwillingen-Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen". Due to the racial makeup of the divisional personnel Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler forbade wear of the SS runes on the collar insignia and it was decided that another suitable symbol be utilized and the distinctive collar insignia for divisional personnel was introduced on April 30TH 1943. Of Note: It is believed that SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger came up with the design of the collar tab and the name "Handschar". The "Handschar" refers to the scimitar featured on the collar tab and is meant to represent the blade carried by Turkish police in the Balkan region for centuries and was also featured on the Bosnian coat-of-arms during the reign of the Hapsburg Empire.
Shipping Weight: 0.9 lb
Your Price $375.00 USD