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Title Scharnhorstbund belt buckle
Nationality German
Period c 1930

This uncommon Freikorps buckle has a silvered face plate on a brass frame. The Freikorps was a veteran organisation with at least a dozen different units (eg the Scharnhorstbund) scattered throughout Germany, devoted to eradicating Reds and other 'social miscreants' from Weimar Germany!

The Freikorps was one of the ways in which the Weimar Army could keep valuable middle-grade NCOs (professional soldiers) on the payroll without it showing up officially and upsetting the Allies. Typically, many SS officers, both Waffen and Allgemeine, started life with such outfits. The units had a rather chequered history and, on one occasion, one unit, having crossed the border from Poland back into Germany, continued to loot and plunder as if they were still in a foreign country.

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[Belt Buckles : German : 20th Century]


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