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Title NSDAP cap badge, last pattern leader's version
Nationality German
Period c 1940-45
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These badges would have been worn on all NSDAP leaders' caps, replacing the smaller eagle of the early war years. These caps usually had light brown cotton tops with a brown velvet band and a light brown vulcanite peak. In modified form, a similar cap was worn by AH himself, with a similar eagle!

They are all marked RZM on the reverse, together with the product/factory code, in this case M1/44 for Jakob Bengel of Idar, Oberdonau - according to Chris Ailsby's Combat Medals of the Thirrd Reich and John Angolia's book Military Awards of the Third Reich. However, both the above authors might well now be proven to be in error, as the latest excellent book on Third Reich manufacturers by Michael Heidler lists this factory at Idar, Oberstein in the Rhineland-Palatinate district. Perhaps Oberdonau is the old name for this area?

Their condition is virtually ex-stores. I think these were looted from a tailor's shop in the Danzig area as I bought them together with a parcel of Danzig Luftschutz lapel badges.

They are die-struck out of sheet aluminium with a gilt wash.

The price quoted is for all nine. However, they can be bought singly at 25 each. I will pick out the best example on a first-come-first-served basis (although they are virtually identical). The backs have their standard three-prong fitting - I have turned two the wrong way up to show this. If you want to buy a single one, please email me. Alternatively, to buy the lot, you simply buy in the normal way through the website.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Badges : Third Reich : Party]

testimonials

Very pleased with it [the bayonet].

R P, UK, 31.08.2017

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005

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