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Title SS mountain troop Sturmbannfuhrer epaulettes
Nationality German
Period c 1943

This scarce pair of officer's epaulettes could only have been worn by someone serving in Prinz Eugen or Handschar Mountain Division, the only mountain troops that the SS fielded in WW2. The Prinz Eugen element is key insomuch as they provided most of the officers for Handschar.

Prinz Eugen recruited from the Banat in Hungary, from Siebenburgen (in modern Romania) and from Croatia. Handschar recruited mainly from Bosnia from among the Muslim population. In both cases, all the recruits came from areas of what was formerly the old Austrian empire. Handschar had a somewhat chequered record, while Prinz Eugen had one of the finest fighting records of all German mountain troops in WW2. They were decimated at the end and ruthlessly finished off by the Yugoslav partisans, buried under rock slides, etc.

They are in excellent condition, of the field service variety with a deliberately dulled aluminium bullion finish.

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

[Militaria : Tunics : Third Reich : SS Police Fire]


The bayonet arrived at 8.00 this morning! It's excellent, just what I was after and I'm well pleased with it!

S A, UK, 16.05.2006

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005