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*Rare Maker* Nazi Firemans Dress Bayonet & Scabbard by Maker Geco Solingen. Sn 11522:3. - Sn 11522:3
This is a Fireman's Dress Bayonet and scabbard. The basic design is taken from the standard military dress bayonet but is without the rifle mortise and stud button. The crossguard is lengthened to give a re curve appearance. This is the standard version with the 9 ¾ “blade and has a rare makers logo "Geco" above the word "Solingen". This is one of the rarer logos. It has chequered grips secured with two pins and retains the leather pad at the cross guard. The polished steel blade is in excellent condition. It comes with the correct scabbard which is free of dents. (see 'German Clamshells' book pages 125, 126 & 127 by Gary L. Walker and R. J. Weinand). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11522:3. (Box 1)

*Original* 1943 Dated German Coastal Artillery War Badge (2nd Type). N 109. - N 109
The badge was produced in France and took the general form of the previous badge. The main difference lay in the oak leaves of the wreath, which had a rougher appearance to both its inner and outer edges. The criteria for the award were; for a display of leadership relevant to the opposition that the recipient held in the gun crew, for any single act of ‘meritorious’ service for which no other award could be rendered, if the recipient had been killed in action, contracted illness or was killed by accident in the line of duty or as a member of the gun crew had amassed eight point. The points were calculated as follows: two points for shooting down an aircraft unassisted, or one point if they were assisted by another gun crew. For non-gun crew members such as searchlight, fire control, sound locator and radio operator personnel, eligibility was the same and also required eight points. These were accumulated at the rate of half a point for each first detection of an incoming aircraft or flight. The badge has a makers mark to the rear ‘FLL 43’ (Friedrich Linden Ludenshied) and the pin and clasp are in very good order. See pages 138-146 (N.025) of ‘Combat Medals of the Third Reich’ by Christopher Ailsby. The price for this guaranteed original piece includes UK delivery. N 109.

WWII Nazi Issue West Wall Medal and Ribbon. N 126. - N 126
The West Wall Medal (German: Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen) was a decoration of Nazi Germany. It was instituted on 2 August 1939 and was given to those who designed and built the fortifications on Germany's western borders, known as the Westwall or, in English, the Siegfried Line, between 15 June 1938 to 31 March 1939. On 13 November 1939 eligibility was extended to include servicemen of the Wehrmacht who served on the Westwall for at least ten weeks. In all 622,064 medals were awarded until 31 January 1941, when awards of the medal ceased. In 1944, after the allied invasion, the medal was re-instituted and awarded to those who renovated and strengthened the fortifications on the western borders. This version of the medal was commonly known as the "Defence Wall Honour Award", to distinguish the decoration from its 1939 counterpart. In excellent order and UK delivery is included in the price. N 126.

*Genuine* Hitler Youth Belt Buckle ‘Blut Und Ehre’ ‘Blood and Honour’. N 125. - N 125
Hitler Youth or ‘Hitler jugend’ issue buckle circa 1936. The Hitler Youth was the youth organisation of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins date back to 1922 and it received the name Hitler-Jugend, Bund deutscher Arbeiterjugend ("Hitler Youth, League of German Worker Youth") in July 1926. From 1936 until 1945, it was the sole official boys' youth organisation in Germany and it was partially a paramilitary organisation; it was composed of the Hitler Youth proper for male youths aged 14 to 18, and the German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth (Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend or "DJ", also "DJV") for younger boys aged 10 to 14. (See ‘German Belt Buckles 1845-1945 pages 270-71 by Peter Nash. The buckle is in good condition, see images. The price includes UK delivery. N 125.

*Genuine* Nazi ‘N.S.F.K.’ (Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps) Pin Badge. N 124. - N 124
The National Socialist Flyers Corps (German: Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps; NSFK) was a paramilitary aviation organization of the Nazi Party. NSFK was founded 15 April 1937 as a successor to the German Air Sports Association; the latter had been active during the years when a German air force was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles. The NSFK organization was based closely on the para-military organization of the Sturmabteilung (SA). A similar group was the National Socialist Motor Corps (NSKK). During the early years of its existence, the NSFK conducted military aviation training in gliders and private airplanes. Hermann Goering as Reich Marshal was nominal head of the NSFK and was occasionally consulted on issues surrounding heavy transport, as at the Battle of Stalingrad. See pages 186-187 of Combat Medals of the Third Reich by C. Ailsby. Measuring; 33 x 21mm with the pin and clasp and stamped RMZ 1/33 (Reichszeugmeisterei). See images for condition. The price includes UK delivery. N 124.

*Original* Luftwaffe Bomber Operational Flying Clasp-Silver Clasp with Makers Mark. N 123. - N 123
As the air war progressed, it was felt that the Luftwaffe personnel should be rewarded for their flying activities and service in the air by a special badge. It was to take the form of a round wreath of laurel leaves with a swastika at its base, and on each side of this wreath a sprig of oak leaves. The central motif, which was super-imposed on the centre. Made of silver or white metal and measuring; 75 x 25mm. The pin and clasp are in excellent working order and the maker mark of ‘R.S.S.’ is to the rear. The overall colour of the badge represents its grade or class. Thus the bronze class was for; twenty operations, silver for sixty and gold for 110 operations. See pages 216-217 of Combat Medals of the Third Reich by C. Ailsby. The price for this scarce clasp includes UK delivery. N 123.

1939 Nazi 2nd Class War Merit Cross and Ribbon. N 122. - N 122
The War Merit Cross (German: Kriegsverdienstkreuz) was a state decoration of Nazi Germany during World War II. This award was created by Adolf Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars (similar medal but with a different ribbon). The award was graded in the same manner as the Iron Cross: War Merit Cross Second Class, War Merit Cross First Class, and Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross. The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service "not in direct connection with combat", and without swords given to civilians for meritorious service in "furtherance of the war effort". See pages 79 & 80 of Combat Medals of the 3rd Reich by C. Ailsby. In excellent order and UK delivery is included in the price. N 122.

Original WWI Imperial German/Prussian M1895 EM/NCO'S (Enlisted Men / Non Commissioned Officer) Belt Buckle. N 121. - N 121
First introduced in 1847, the design of the buckle remained virtually unchanged until 1918. After January of 1915, these buckles, which were also used by the Prussian-dominated states of Baden, Oldenburg, Hansa and Thuringia, were made of zinc-plated sheet iron. Originally the box buckles came in 60mm until 1895 when the width was reduced to 45mm, (roughly 1 3/4 inches), in an attempt to lighten the weight load of the field gear. Initially the buckles were produced of brass with a nickel/silver face plate until 1914 when steel construction buckles were introduced. An early, pre-1895 pattern, two-piece brass and nickel/silver construction Prussian belt buckle. The 60mm, slightly convex, stamped metal box buckle, features, against its plain, obverse field, a crown to its domed centre, encompassed by a dual rope-like border within which, against a ribbed background, is "Gott Mit Uns" (God [is] With Us), and a spray of laurels. See Chapter four of ‘German Belt Buckles 1845-1945 by Peter Nash. This example is in very good condition, see images. The price includes UK delivery. N 121.

Original WWII Dated German Luftwaffe Buckle and Leather Tab. 7971. - 7971
The Luftwaffe was officially considered to be the air arm of the Third Reich from February 1935. Prior to this the reconstruction of the German air force was carried out under the guise of a number of flying clubs. The last of those flying clubs, the ‘Deutsches Luftsport Verband’ or DLV had developed a belt buckle very similar to the SA buckle with the early style Party Eagle in the centre of a circular wreath. The first buckles were issued in the summer of 1935. This buckle retains some of its original paint with R S& S to the rear? The eagle at first had a downturn to its tail, but was modified at sometime late in 1937 to have a swept back tail in common with the second pattern helmet decal. The leather tab is in excellent condition and has the makers stamp; 1941? Ludenschied. See Chapter five of German Belt Buckles 1845-1945 by Peter Nash. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 7971.

*Early* Original Luftwaffe Lapel Pin ‘Zivilabzeichen’. N 119. - N 119
Luftwaffe lapel-pin 'Zivilabzeichen' to be worn on the civil attire by staff-members of the 'Luftwaffe’. This lapel pin 'Zivilabzeichen' would be worn on the civil attire, intended for use by the various staff-members of the 'Luftwaffe' this example depicts an early-pattern 'down-tailed'-eagle. This example has never been cleaned or polished. This is a non-maker-marked specimen that has retained a nice and uncleaned age-patina and that comes mounted on its full-sized pin. Measuring; 43 x 18mm and in very good condition. The price includes UK delivery. N 119.

Original WWII High Seas Fleet Badge 1st Type by Manufacturer Frederick Orth-Wein. 91413. - 91413
The badge was introduced on 30th April 1941 at the direction of Grandadmiral Raeder, who at the time was Commander-in-Chief of the Navy to recognise the sea actions in which the German Navy had been employed against the Royal Navy. The designer and principal maker was Adolf Bock of Berlin. It took the form of a German Navy capital ship at full steam, passing through an oak leaf wreath with a large winged eagle at the top of the wreath. The criterion for the award was to have completed twelve weeks service on a battleship or a cruiser, amongst others. Measuring; 58 x 48mm and marked ‘fO’ to the rear by the manufacturer Frederick Orth-Wein. See page 136 of ‘Combat Medals of the Third Reich by Christopher Ailsby (N.019). The price includes UK delivery. 91413.

Genuine RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) Aluminium Belt Buckle and Leather Tab Dated 1938 by Manufacturer Dransfield & Co Menden. Sn 7607. - 7607
Founded officially in 1934, the RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) or Reich Labour Service was instituted as a "make-work program" to help alleviate the depression of Germany in 1934.On the 26th June 1935 service in the RAD became compulsory for men between ages of eighteen and twenty five, while service at seventeen was voluntary. Enlistment was initially for a period of six months, soon extended to twelve months; however during the course of war, service in the RAD was reduced to three months. The original target strength of the RAD was 900,000 men but this was never achieved. From figures for the period 1933 to 1936 it appears that the strength of the RAD was approximately 500,000 or 600,000 men each year. See Chapter Six of German Belt Buckles 1845-1945 by Peter Nash. In excellent condition showing all of its detail, the leather on the tab is excellent, as is the stitching. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 7607.
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