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WWII Nazi German Waffen SS REICHSFÜHRER SS Personnel's Cufftitle Ärmelstreiffen
Item #: VF4206
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Roughly, 32mm tall, 41cm long, machine woven, black rayon, construction cufftitle with BeVo, machine woven, Latin script, SS runes and rounded umlauts, "Reichsführer-SS", in silvery/gray cotton threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges with interwoven, vertically stitched, silvery/gray cotton threads. The cufftitle has the typical "salt & pepper" pattern reverse.
In May 1941 personnel from Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler’s Headquarters were recruited to form a special "Begleit-Bataillon Reichsführer-SS", (Escort-Battalion). In February 1943, after proving itself in battle in Corsica, the battalion was upgraded to brigade strength and re-titled, Sturmbrigade Reichsführer-SS, (Assault Brigade). In October 1943 the unit was expanded to divisional status and renamed, 16. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division Reichsführer-SS and personnel were awarded an honorary cufftitle for wear by all ranks. The Reichsführer-SS cufftitles were only produced in the BeVo, machine woven pattern, for all ranks, with the only minor variation being in the shape of the umlauts over the "u", with both round and square versions. 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.