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WWII Waffen SS Ostturkische Waffen Verband der SS Wolf Head Collar Tab
Item #: VF4628
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Black wool construction, right hand side, unit designation collar tab features a machine embroidered, wolf’s head in profile, in silvery/gray rayon threads. The collar tab is mounted on a tan buckram backing. Scarce.
In August 1929 the SS, Schutz Staffel, (Protection Squad), incorporated the wear of rank collar tabs on the left side of the collar of the service tunic. The SS collar tabs were originally adopted from the earlier rank collar tabs as utilized by the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment). The SS collar tabs remained in usage through-out the war with a couple of minor alterations. Originally EM/NCO’s collar tabs for the ranks of SS-Schütze to SS-Hauptscharführer inclusively were piped in twisted white cord from their original inception, (Rank tabs, August 1929/Runic tabs, May 1933), until October 24TH 1934 when the piping for EM/NCO’s was modified to alternating twisted black and silver/aluminum cord piping. The final modification, in August 1940, eliminated all piping from EM/NCO’s collar tabs. Officer’s ranks collar tabs from SS-Untersturmführer to SS-Hauptsturmführer utilized alternating twisted black and silver/aluminum cord piping from their inception until October 24TH 1934 and silver/aluminum cord piping from October 1934 until the end of the war while the ranks of SS-Sturmbannführer to SS-Reichsführer utilized the silver/aluminum cord piping from August 1929 to May 1945. Belorussia, (Weissruthenien in German), the western area of Russia bordering on Poland, north of the Ukraine and south of the Baltic states was the first region of Russia to be occupied by the Germans and the last to be relinquished back to the Russians. Under German occupation the Belorussian’s were permitted a limited amount of independence and in October 1941 the Belorussian’s formed the BNS, Belaaruskaya Naradnaya Samapomach, (Belorussian People’s Self-Help Organization), as a form of puppet government. In July 1942 the German’s permitted the BNS to form armed home guard units to fight against Soviet partisans in the area. With the Russian offensives in late June and early July 1944 Belorussia was retaken and the Germans and those Belorussian’s loyal to them retreated into Germany. In July 1944 the BNS armed home guard units were reformed in Germany into the Schutzmannschaft Brigade Siegling, (Protection Troops Brigade), under the command of SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Siegling. In August 1944 the Schutzmannschaft Brigade Siegling with additional Schuma personnel and assorted Ukrainian volunteers and conscripts was upgraded to divisional status and designated, 30. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (russische Nr. 2). In January 1945 the division was downgraded to Brigade status and re-designated, Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS (weissruthenische Nr. 1). The final restructuring of the unit came about in March 1945 when it was again upgraded to divisional status and designated, 30. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (weissruthenische Nr. 1). Due to the racial makeup of the divisional personnel Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler forbade wear of the SS runes on the collar insignia as he did not considered it to be a true SS division and four distinctly different collar tabs are attributed to this division, and although period manufactured, it is doubtful weather any were actually issued and worn. Of Note: The SS map of February 1945 stipulates that this pattern collar tab was designed for wear by Crimean and Volga Tartars serving with Osttürkische Waffen-Verband der SS.