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Title Unterscharfuhrer SD epaulettes, collar patch set
Nationality German
Period c 1939-45

This pair is a clean example, probably ex-tailor's shop, of Sicherdienst NCO's insignia. These 'delightful' people were the security service of the SS, responsible for the foreign intelligence activities of the SS under Heidrich and also for his other more sombre business of execution squads in Eastern Europe and occupied Russia.

The Unterscharfuhrer was a grade of NCO roughly equivalent to our sergeant. The headquarters of this organisation was in the Prinz Albrecht Strasse, Berlin, much feared by anyone who fell into their hands.

The condition is superb, the toxic green of the underlay and the variegated bullion piping being the clue to what these are. The plain black collar patch was a mark of the SD. All other units of the SS had either the lightning bolts for insignia, or some other divisional badge.

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

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


Just to let you know that the bayonet arrived safely this morning by Royal Mail. I am delighted with it and it will be put to very good use at some forthcoming events.

A F, UK, 23.05.2009

We did get it. My son was thrilled. Thanks.

A K, USA, 07.04.2009