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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]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

Just to say many thanks for the fast service, it's an excellent little item. Will be watching for you listing more of these and other makes?

P A, UK, 26.06.2008