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WWII German Waffen SS Former Polizei Member's Sleeve Diamond Vorigmitglied Polizei Ärmelabzeichen
Item #: VF4631
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Roughly, 2 1/2" tall, 1 7/8" wide, vertical, ribbed, woven black rayon construction diamond base with a machine woven police eagle, with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons, encompassed by a vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath, all in silvery/grey rayon threads. The eagle’s wings extending beyond the edges of the wreath with a roughly, 1 3/8" wingspan. The insignia is mounted on a tan buckram backing. The insignia is in overall very good condition with minor age toning.
The wearing of specific, identifying, trade or speciality badges was an old tradition in the German army and was adopted by the Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS), to distinguish personnel who had successful completed the appropriate course and had achieved proficiency at a particular trade, specialty or function. The Waffen-SS instituted a series of six, former service identification sleeve badges that followed the same basic format of the trade, specialty and assignment sleeves badges. These former service identification sleeve badges were designed to indicate the wearer had served in an approved political, or para-military organization before entering the Waffen-SS. Introduced in 1943, this example was designed for wear by former Police NCO's serving in the Waffen-SS and was to be worn on the lower left sleeve of the field blouse and the service tunic by qualified personnel. Of Note: The RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster), was officially founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA ,Sturm Abteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment), 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 with a RZM/SS approval/acceptance tags. 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 $145.00 USD