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Title Painted steel army buckle with Wiederhalt, 1940 pattern
Nationality German
Period 1941

This is an above average example of the second pattern WBC, perhaps the most common army buckle of WW2, made by Hermann Aurich of Dresden, a WW1 manufacturer. It would have been worn right through the war from the May 1940 campaign to the fall of Berlin at the end.

Some 50% plus of the original paint survives on the obverse, while most has survived on the reverse. The Wiederhalt (tag) is in exellent shape, with minimal shrinkage; it also has a maker's stamp and the date 1941. There is some patination to the field of the buckle and the lettering. The definition of the eagle is nice and sharp, although rubbed bright and patinated in places.

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

[Belt Buckles : Third Reich : Army]


It arrived today in good order, thanks!

A very nice artifact in excellent condition for it's age.

I greatly appreciate all your efforts.

J C, Canada, 02.08.2014

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