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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]


Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

The bayonet arrived safely this morning, it's excellent and exactly what I've been looking for, I'm very pleased with it! ... I've bookmarked your site and will keep a regular check to see what you have.

S A, UK, 05.01.2006