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WWII German Nazi Luftwaffe “Other Ranks” Combat Buckle with Brown Leather Tab Koppelschloß
Item #: VF3167
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This steel buckle has a matte blue/gray combat finish that remains 99% intact. The buckle itself has little to no visible wear. The reverse has a steel roll bar/prongs and a catch that consists of a "U” shaped bar with flat, slightly flanged feet. The light brown leather tab is excellent, remaining soft and supple. It is marked by the maker, F.W. Assmann & Söhne of Lüdenscheid, and includes the date of production, 1941. Military belts and their corresponding buckles date back centuries and were initially designed for attaching swords and daggers. In 1847 a new innovative box buckle with a quick release catch and corresponding belt were introduced which resulted in a Prussian, Hauptmann Virschow, initiating a new method of carrying personal equipment with the belt and shoulder straps supporting the majority of the weight. This system, with modifications, remains in use in most of the armies in the world to this day. During the Third Reich there was a prescribed form of wear of the belt and buckle with the buckle being positioned on the right side and the corresponding buckle catch on the left side. First introduced on May 20TH 1935, the Luftwaffe EM/NCO’s belt buckle underwent minor modifications in late 1937 or early 1938 with a new pattern eagle and again in 1940 with a slight difference in construction. Originally the EM/NCO’s buckles were produced with a silver finish until a blue/grey version was introduced, (Circa mid-1940), and a tropical, olive drab version was introduced in late 1940 although the silver finished buckles continued to be utilized. Of Note: Luftwaffe personnel initially utilized brown leather accoutrements but during the war the leather items were generally blackened. Also Of Note: Originally military buckles produced under government contract had the addition of a leather, (canvas web for tropical buckles), tabs which were designed to help support the ammunition pouches and prevent slippage but regulations in 1942 discontinued the tabs to preserve leather although the directive was not completely adhered to
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $240.00 USD