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RG-36.01, German decorations, awards, medals, and insignias

RG-36.02, Daggers, sabers, and parade arms

RG-36.03, Nazi-German flags

RG-36.04, Nazi-German coins

RG-36.05, Nazi-German paraphernalia

RG-36.06, Lyle S. Bettger Collection

RG-36.07, Oak Chest Poker Chips

RG-36.08, Nazi-German rubber stamps

RG-36.09, Personal and official documents

RG-36.10, Miscellaneous artifacts

RG-36.11 Nazi-German Cutlery



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Title: Nazi-German Artifacts and Memorabilia, 1933-1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1939 -- 1945

ID: RG-36/RG-36

Primary Creator: NSDAP, National Socialist German Workers' Party (1933 -- 1945)

Other Creators: Goverment of Nazi Germany (193 -- 1945), Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)

Extent: 0.0

Arrangement: Materials are arranged by subject/creator, then by identifier, as assigned by the processor.

Subjects: National Socialist Ideology, National Socialist Symbols, Nazi-German banners, Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards, Nazi-German insignias

Abstract

Collection of Nazi-German memorabilia testifies to the high role of the propaganda and national symbol. The National Socialist movement and then the German national socialist goverment always regarded highly the role of national symbols as part of the Nazi ideology

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This Record Group is comprised of various Nazi-German awards, medals, decorations, insignias and like worn by the servicemen and civilians during the Nazi era. This Collection also includes a number of sub-collection relate to the attributes of the parade German uniform, namely knifes, daggers, saber, epaulettes, and like. There is also the sub-collection of various state and army Nazi flags. The following collections are included, RG-36.01, German decorations, awards, medals, and insignias; RG-36.02, Daggers, sabers, and parade arms; RG-36.03, Nazi-German flags; RG-36.04, Nazi-German coins; RG-36.05, Nazi-German paraphernalia;RG-36.06;  Lyle S. Bettger Collection; RG-36.07, Oak Chest Poker Chips; RG-36.08, Nazi-German rubber stamps; RG-36.09, Personal and official documents; RG-36.10, Miscellaneous artifacts, RG-36.11 Nazi-German Cutlery

Collection Historical Note

This Record Group is comprised of various Nazi-German awards, medals, decorations, insignias and like worn by the servicemen and civilians during the Nazi era. This Collection also includes a number of sub-collection relate to the attributes of the parade German uniform, namely knifes, daggers, saber, epaulettes, and like. There is also the sub-collection of various state and army Nazi flags.

RG-36.01, German decorations, awards, medals, and insignias

RG-36.01.01, 1918 Black Wound Badge. The lowest version of the Wound Badge, it was awarded to soldiers who were once or twice wounded in the line of duty and those who suffered from frostbite on the field

RG-36.01.02, A ribbon, Squadron Boelcke. Black with gold text in Fraktur font. This ribbon likely belonged to a pilot serving under Oswald Boelcke (1891-1916), a German fighter ace during the First World War

RG-36.01.03, Badges and pin with swastika. Black, red, white. The larger of the two bears the inscription “National-Sozialistische D.A.P.” (D.A.P. is an acronym for the “Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” or German Worker’s Party)

RG-36.01.04, Close Combat Clasp in gold. This award was instituted in 1942 to commemorate soldiers who had fought in hand-to-hand combat in close quarters

RG-36.01.05, Crimean or Krim campaign shield. “Krimschild” Bronze. This medal was issued to wounded soldiers who had served in the German army’s operations in the Crimean peninsula from September 1941 to July 1942

RG-36.01.06, Driver proficiency award in silver. Medal issued to capable drivers in the German military in bronze, silver, and gold versions

RG-36.01.07, Early SA (Storm Troops) belt buckle. Pre-War. Worn by SA members, the curved swastika is indicative of manufacture before the mid-1930s

RG-36.01.08, German African Corps buckle (DAK – Deutsches Afrika Korp). Worn by German soldiers in northern Africa, this buckle displays the inscription “Gott Mit Uns” or “God is with us”

RG-36.01.09, German Field Gendarmerie Gorget. Decorated with a swastika and bearing the inscription “Arbeit adelt” – “Work ennobles”

RG-36.01.10, German Military Epaulette, Wehrmacht. A tag attached to one of the items includes the name of SS Obersturmfuehrer Josten of the concentration camp Auschwitz

RG-36.01.11, Helmet, A page from old catalogue

RG-36.01.12, Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) buckle. An eagle with a swastika is accompanied by the inscription “Blut und Ehre” (Blood and Honor)

RG-36.01.13, Insignia for a German military hat. Eagle with outstretched wings clutching a swastika

RG-36.01.14, Iron Cross, Second Class, with ribbon. Dated 1939. An Iron Cross on a red, white, and black ribbon bearing the year 1939

RG-36.01.15, War merit cross, First Class with swords (Kriegsverdientskreuz). Awarded to soldiers during the war, these medals signified wartime bravery and service which, though above the call of duty, did not merit an Iron Cross

RG-36.01.16, Iron Cross, First Class, pin back. Dated 1939. This Iron Cross was awarded for service during the Polish campaign of 1939 and was pinned onto a uniform rather than hung around the neck

RG-36.01.17, Iron Cross, Second Class, with ribbon. Dated 1939. The Iron Cross medal was a progressive award, meaning the Second Class medal was a prerequisite to obtaining the first

RG-36.01.18, Iron Cross, Second Class, 1939 Campaign. Dated 1813. The Iron Cross medal was established by King Wilhelm I of Prussia following the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon.

RG-36.01.19, Nazi eagles sewn to uniform. Several designs of eagles clutching swastikas

RG-36.01.20, Nazi flagpole topper. Metal (likely steel). A shovel embossed with a swastika flanked by two stalks of wheat

RG-36.01.21, Non-commissioned officer's steel buckle. An eagle clutching a swastika is accompanied by the inscription “Gott Mit Uns” (God is with us)

RG-36.01.22, Painted NSDAP (Nazi Party) Pin. Red, white, and black. The Party name surrounds a black swastika on a white background

RG-36.01.23, Police officer's dress buckle. A swastika is present along with the inscription “Gott Mit Uns” (God is with us)

RG-36.01.24, Russian campaign medal with ribbon. On the front, an eagle clutching a swastika. On the reverse, there is the inscription “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42” (Winter Campaign in the East 1941/1942)

RG-36.01.25, Russian campaign medal, front and rear view, 1941-1942. On the front, an eagle clutching a swastika. On the reverse, there is the inscription “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42” (Winter Campaign in the East 1941/1942)

RG-36.01.26, S.A. badge. A single sword is placed on top of a swastika, entirely surrounded by a laurel

*RG-36.27, SA badge with the inscription, Eigentum der Obersten S.A. Fuehrung, for the highest S.A. officials

RG-36.01.27, Second Class Iron Cross, with ribbon. Dated 1939

RG-36.01.28, SS badge for the SS Gruppe West of Frankfurt am Main, inscription Deployment on Section XI. Accompanied by a skull, crossbones, and an eagle with a swastika

RG-36.01.29, Tank Assault Badge. A tank beneath an eagle clutching a swastika

RG-36.01.30, Two Wound Badges, black and gold. The lowest version of the Wound Badge, the black version was awarded to soldiers who were once or twice wounded in the line of duty and those who suffered from frostbite on the field. The gold was the highest version available and was awarded to soldiers who had suffered extensive injuries during their duties (such as loss of limbs, sensory functions, and brain damage)

*RG-36.32, War Merit Cross First Class with Swords

Awarded to soldiers during the war, these medals signified wartime bravery and service which, though above the call of duty, did not merit an Iron Cross.

RG-36.01.31, War Merit Cross, rear side, 1939. Awarded to soldiers during the war, these medals signified wartime bravery and service which, though above the call of duty, did not merit an Iron Cross

RG-36.01.32, Wound Badge in silver. The intermediate version of the wound badge was awarded to soldiers who had received fairly substantial wounds in battle

RG-36.01.33, Wound Badge in black. The lowest version of the Wound Badge, the black version was awarded to soldiers who were once or twice wounded in the line of duty and those who suffered from frostbite on the field

RG-36.01.34, NSFK insignia (National Sozialistische Fliegerkorp or National Socialist Flying Corps). A winged man stands behind a swastika. The National Socialist Flying Corps was a paramilitary organization which existed before the outbreak of World War II and was technically forbidden under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles

RG-36.01.35, Nazi Pin. A black swastika is flanked by stylized wings and surrounded by a semi-reflective red circle

RG-36.01.36, Ich Hatt Einen Kameraden Medallion (I had a comrade). Iron. On the front side, there is a depiction of a German soldier with a cut branch. On the opposite side, the inscription “Am Schmuck der Ruhe Staetten Unserer Tapfern Half Wer Dieses Eisenzeichen Nahm”, meaning “Those people who have this medallion have helped those belonging to our soldiers”

RG-36.01.37, Nazi-era Medallion. Dated 1937. A child is standing on top of a swastika-bearing eagle. Wear has made it impossible to discern any other salient details

RG-36.01.38, Red Nazi armband with black stripes

RG-36.01.39, Triangular badge

RG-36.01.40, Red and white Nazi armband

RG-36.01.41, White cloth with eagle and swastika patch

RG-36.01.42, Black armband

RG-36.01.43, Red Nazi armband with sticker

RG-36.01.44, Red Nazi armband with pin

RG-36.01.45, Yellow Deutsche Wehrmacht armband

RG-36.01.46, Red and white diamond Nazi patch

RG-36.01.47, Yellow skull and crossbones handkerchief

RG-36.01.48, Blue National Socialist Party pin

RG-36.01.49, Personal black ammo pouch with state emblem

RG-36.01.50, Skull and bones pin

RG-36.01.51, Metal swastika with two irregular segments

RG-36.01.52, Cross inset with diamond (or ersatz gemstone)

RG-36.01.53, Nazi eagle brooch. An eagle with a swastika, likely placed on the front of an officer’s hat

RG-36.01.54, Belt buckle featuring an eagle clutching a swastika

RG-36.01.55, Einsatzsturm der NSDAP

RG 36.01.56, Red Nazi armband. Nazi armband with red cloth, white band all around middle of armband with black swastika on white diamond background. Dimensionns- 15 3/4” x 3 7/8”

RG-36.01.57, German Military Uniform Epaulet with one Eagle and four Buttons

A red epaulet with one gold, swastika-clutching eagle and four small silver-colored buttons, each depicting an eagle gripping a swastika

RG-36.01.58, Nazi Clasp

An ornate golden clasp featuring a swastika prominently displayed in the center.

RG-36.01.59, Ribbon

(From center) Black, White, Red

RG-36.01.60, Ring of Fabric (Possibly Armband)

A strip of white cloth with the letters “Ung. h.” and the number 46025.

RG-36.01.61, Small, black, leather-covered box

A sticker on the back has the words “Hauptmuenzamt Wien” (Official Mint of Vienna)

RG-36.01.62, Nazi Officer Hat

Unknown rank, though likely Wehrmacht

RG-36.01.63, Metal Nazi Medallion

A swastika is flanked by two stalks of wheat with possible relation to RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) (German Labor Corps.)

RG-36.02, Daggers, sabers, and parade arms

RG-36.02.01, Third Reich Paratrooper Knife. Eickhorn stamped "Butterfly" knife. This type of knife was invented pre-WWII and there are early examples of this type available. However, these were not issued to German troops during the war. RZM marked with M7/66/34/SS and SS-Streifendienst

RG-36.02.02, HJ Hike/Camp Knife (Fahrtenmesser)

RG-36.02.03, Dagger produced by Eickhorn

RG-36.02.04, Similar to combat bayonet (Seitengewehr). The bayonet was first introduced by the Imperial German Army

RG-36.02.05, Schutzstaffel Unslotted Stag Grip, Dress Bayonet (Seitengewehr) 3

RG-36.02.06, Schutzstaffel Unslotted Stag Grip, Dress Bayonet (Seitengewehr) 1

RG-36.02.07, Schutzstaffel Unslotted Stag Grip, Dress Bayonet (Seitengewehr) 2

RG-36.02.08, Most likely pre-WWII made dagger

RG-36.02.09, Nazi Solingen Dagger

RG-36.02.10, SS dagger donated by Rosenthal. Marked with “SS,” state emblem, and motto, “Meine Ehre heiβt Treue”

RG-36.03, Nazi-German flags

RG-36.03.01, Small Nazi banner. Red Nazi banner with white circle in middle with a black swastika on circle. Dimensions: 13 1/2” x 9 1/2”

RG-36.03.02, Nazi triangle flag

RG-36.03.03, Large Nazi flag. Large red cloth flag with swastika on white circular background

RG-36.03.04, Red Nazi podium hanging banner 1. Red cloth with swastika on white circular background, bottom lined with white fringe

RG-36.03.05, Red Nazi podium hanging banner 2. Red cloth with swastika on white circular background, bottom lined with white fringe

RG-36.03.06, Nazi triangular flag, paper

RG 36.74, Hanging red triangle Nazi flag. Red triangle flag with white circle ad swastika in center of flag on both sides, hanging on a wood pole held by orange rope

Accession number- 85.62

Dimensions- flag- 11 1/8” x 22 1/4”, wood pole- 12 3/4 “long, rope- 26”

RG-36.80, Red Nazi Armband (possibly party member arm band)

RG-36.87, Luftwaffe belt buckle

RG-36.89, Nazi Flag

Donated by Mr. Paul Ceidow in June 2012.  Ceidow came to the United States from China at age sixteen.  He served in World War II as sergeant stationed near Karlsruhe, Germany after having landed at Normandy.  He does not recall the exact location where the flag was found.

RG-36.04, Nazi-German coins

RG-36.04.01, Reichspfennig Coin, dated 1932 (1)

RG-36.04.02, Reichspfennig Coin, dated 1932 (2)

RG-36.04.03, Two Reichspfennig Coins, Nazi Germany, dated 1937 and 1939

RG-36.04.04, Two Reichspfennig Coins. Nazi Germany. Dated 1939. Bronze-colored.

1.7 cm diameter

RG-36.05, Nazi-German paraphernalia

RG-36.05.01, Nazi paraphernalia, consolidated

RG-36.06, Lyle S. Bettger Collection

Provenance, Lyle R. Bettger, Atascadero, CA. June 26, 2012

Historic/Content Notes, The poster in this collection was torn from a storefront window in Munich, Germany on August 19, 1934 by Lyle S. Bettger.  The date of the incident is handwritten on the reverse side, “Torn off store window in Munich, Germany on August 19, 1934.”  Bettger and his band mates stopped off in Germany while providing entertainment on an Atlantic cruise from the U.S. to Europe.  After a run in with German police, Bettger tore down the poster “due to anger toward the police and general contempt for the regime.”  He then smuggled it from Germany.  In the 1950s Bettger returned to Munich while shooting the 1954 film, Carnival Story.  He returned to the same police station where his band mates had spent a night in jail during their 1934 trip.  The station still stood, although completely destroyed, rat infested, and abandoned.  Lyle noted the scene in the early 1950s stood in stark contrast to the intimidating environment of the 1930s.

Scope/Content Notes, This collection is comprised of a 22 x 31 inch poster of Adolf Hitler, as well as two photographs of Lyle Stathem Bettger and his son.

Organization, Photographs

RG-36.06.01, Adolf Hitler Poster (1). Torn from a store window in Munich, Germany by Lyle Stathem Bettger on August 19, 1934

RG-36.06.02, Adolf Hitler Poster (2). Torn from a store window in Munich, Germany by Lyle Stathem Bettger on August 19, 1934

RG-36.06.03, Photograph of Lyle S. Bettger, c. 1950

RG-36.06.04, Lyle S. Bettger and his son Lyle R. Bettger, c. 1995

RG-36.07, Oak Chest Poker Chips

RG-36.07.01, Photograph, Oak Chest of Poker Chips

RG-36.07.02, Photograph, Oak Chest of Poker Chips, Chips. Manufactured in Vichy France between 1940 and 1942. The poker chips are red, white, and blue and with swastikas and the French fleur-de-lys

RG-36.07.03, Photograph, Oak Chest of Poker Chips, Open

RG-36.08, Nazi-German rubber stamps

RG-36.92.01, General Government –

Two years anniversary of German power – Lublin – 26.10.1941.  General Government was part of the territories of Second republic of Poland under Nazi Occupation. Lublin is the capital of the correspondent voivodship in East Poland, in the Garman administrative division it was named District Lublin

RG-36.92.02, SS-Totenkopfstandarte –

Dead Head Unit was responsible for the three major camps Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Buchenwald.  After the “Anschluss” a fourth Standarte (regiment) was established at the Mauthausen camp, which was called “Ostmark”

RG-36.92.03, Waffen SS –

SS combat army formation, generally in the form of a division

Waffen SS means military SS

RG-36.92.04, Administration of mail censorship - Gross-Rosen – R.L.

Gross-Rosen was a concentration camp in Lower Silesia, Germany. It became a province of Poland after 1945

RG-36.92.05, Police chairmanship in Danzig.

Danzig in pre-Second World War time was a Free City under the auspices of the League of Nations

RG-36.92.06, SA (Storm Detachments) of the N.S.D.A.P – 41 – location – Berlin. NSDAP is an abbreviation for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei  (National Socialist German Workers’ Party)

RG-36.92.07, Criminal court – Breslau (Wroclaw after 1945) – 183/4

RG-36.92.08, SS Dirlewanger Brigade

SS Dirlewanger Brigade also known as SS Sturmbrigade “Dirlewanger” was an infamous military unit of the “Waffen SS”. This unit committed many war crimes. It consisted mainly of convicted poachers

RG-36.92.09, Waffen SS – Berlin

RG-36.92.10, Gren. Rat. 517

RG-36.09, Personal and official documents

RG-36.09.01, Soldbuch zugleich Personalausweis (SS ID booklet). Issued to Karl Meyer

RG-36.09.02, Urkunde booklet. Sports society membership booklet

RG-36.09.03, NSDAP membership booklet, Ludwig Hadler

RG-36.09.04, Certificate of Retention and Customs Declaration. Issued to John P. Jennings. Dated 5 November 1945.

RG-36.09.05, Addition to NSDAP membership booklet. Blank

RG-36.09.06, NSDAP membership booklet Karl Fritzsch

RG-36.10, Miscellaneous artifacts

RG-36.10.01, Red Star with hammer and sickle pin. A Red Star likely worn by a Russian soldier is embossed with a bronze hammer and sickle

RG-36.10. 02, Decorative belt buckle with the inscription “PALESTINE”

RG-36.11 Nazi-German Cutlery

RG-36.11.01, Fork and Knife Stamped with Nazi Insignia (Eagle and Swastika)

Biographical Note

NSDAP becomes a ruling German party and the major player in domestic and foreign policy of Germany since March 1933. Until beginning of May 1945, it held administrative, military and political power in Germany and in Germany-occpupied and controlled territories.

Subject/Index Terms

National Socialist Ideology
National Socialist Symbols
Nazi-German banners
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German insignias

Administrative Information

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[Sub-Collection 1: RG-36.01, German decorations, awards, medals, and insignias, 1918 -- 1945],
[Sub-Collection 2: RG-36.02, Daggers, sabers, and parade arms, circa 1918--1945],
[Sub-Collection 3: RG-36.03, Nazi-German flags, circa 1933--1945],
[Sub-Collection 4: RG-36.04, Nazi-German coins, 1932, 1937],
[Sub-Collection 5: RG-36.05, Nazi-German paraphernalia, circa 1933--1939],
[Sub-Collection 6: RG-36.06, Lyle S. Bettger Collection, circa 1934--1995],
[Sub-Collection 7: RG-36.07, Oak Chest Poker Chips, circa 1933--1945],
[Sub-Collection 8: RG-36.08, Nazi-German rubber stamps],
[Sub-Collection 9: RG-36.09, Personal and official documents, crica 1933--1945],
[Sub-Collection 10: RG-36.10, Miscellaneous artifacts, circa 1900-1960],
[Sub-Collection 11: RG-36.11 Nazi-German Cutlery],
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Sub-Collection 1: RG-36.01, German decorations, awards, medals, and insignias, 1918 -- 1945Add to your cart.
This Collection includes various decorations of German imperial period, Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany
Subject/Index Terms:
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
German Police and Security forces, 1939 --1945
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
National Socialist Symbols
Nazi State Symbols
SS police and military formation
Stormtroopers (SA), paramilitary wing of the Nazi party
NSDAP (Nazi Party) symbols and decorations
Creators:
Goverment of Nazi Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Government of German Empire (1918)
Government of Weimar Republic (1918 -- 1933)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 1: RG-36.01.01, 1918 Black Wound Badge, 1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Awarded to military personnel wounded in combat
Subject/Index Terms:
German military badges
Wartime combat operations
Wound Badge (World War I)
English, language
Germany (1900 -- 1939)
The First World War, 1914 -- 1918
Black Wound Badge
German imperial army, 1900 -- 1918
Creators:
Imperial German military command (1918)
German Imperial Government (1871 -- 1918)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 2: RG-36.01.02, A ribbon, Squadron Boelcke, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

This ribbon signified affiliation with the Boelke air force squadron in the German Imperial Army.

Oswald Boelcke (19 May 1891 – 28 October 1916) was a German flying ace of the First World War and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians of the early years of air combat. Boelcke is considered the father of the German fighter air force, as well as the "Father of Air Fighting Tactics"; he was the first to formalize rules of air fighting, which he presented as the Dicta Boelcke. While he promulgated rules for the individual pilot, his main concern was the use of formation fighting rather than single effort.

Boelcke was appointed commander of his hand-picked group of pilots on 30 August 1916.

Subject/Index Terms:
The First World War, 1914 -- 1918
Combat in the air, 1914 -- 1918
German fighter air force, 1914 -- 1918
Fighter air force tactics
Flying Clasp (World War I)
English, language
German, language
Germany (1900 -- 1939)
Squadron Boelcke
Boelcke, Oswald (1891 -- 1916)
Wartime combat operations
Creators:
Imperial German military command (1918)
Imperial German Air Force, 1914 -- 1918 (1914 -- 1918)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 3: RG-36.01.03, Badges and pin with swastika, circa 1933-1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

A badge and pin with a swastika.

1.) The round badge reads "National Socialist German Worker's Party," and is a party badge.

2.) The diamond-shaped pin is related to the membership Hitler Jugend organization.

Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
Hitler Jugend
German, language
English, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (German Worker's Party)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 4: RG-36.01.04, Close Combat Clasp in gold, circa 1942Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand to hand fighting in close quarters. The Close Combat Clasp was worn above the upper left uniform pocket. The clasp was die-cast and made of either tombac or later zinc, with a slightly curved and hand centerpiece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade.

(Wikipedia)

Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Close Combat Clasp (Nazi-Germany)
English, language
swastika
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 5: RG-36.01.05, Crimean or Krim campaign shield, 1942Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Crimean or "Krim" campaign shield, Krimschild.

The Crimea Shield (known as "Krim" Shield to collectors) was awarded to German soldiers under the command of Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein who fought and captured Crimea (Krim in German) in between September 1941 and July 1942. The Crimea Shield was instituted on 25 July 1942 and was the most widely distributed of the shields with approximately 250,000 being handed out.

From 21 September 1941 until 4 July 1942 German soldiers faced severe opposition from the Russian army while attempting to capture the important Black Sea ports around Sevastopol.

This particularly difficult campaign was recognized in the form of the Shield.

Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Campaign Shield (Nazi-Germany)
Crimea "Krim" Shield
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
German military badges
Wartime combat operations
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
swastika
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 6: RG-36.01.06, Driver proficiency award in silver, circa 1942Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

A series of three Drivers Proficiency Badges were distributed in bronze, silver and gold. First introduced on October 23, 1942, with qualifications for award of the badges being retroactive to December 1, 1940. The criteria for award of one of the badges varied with exceptional driving ability and vehicle maintenance being the main considerations. The badges were awarded to both Wehrmacht and civilian personnel who fulfilled the required criteria. When awarded the badge was worn on the lower left sleeve of the field blouse and service tunic. This example, in silver, is the second of the three grades.

Stamped alloy construction. The badge is in the form of an embossed, circular laurel leaf wreath encompassing an embossed steering wheel on a pebbled background field. The reverse is a mirror image of the obverse and all four attachment prongs are intact. Unmarked.

Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Driver Proficiency Award (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German pins and badges
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
German military badges
Wartime combat operations
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Driver's Proficiency Award
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 7: RG-36.01.07, Early SA (Storm Troops) belt buckle, circa 1933-1939Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Early SA, Sturm Abteilung (storm troops) buckle.

The Sturmabteilung (SA); Storm Detachment or Assault Division, or Brownshirts) functioned as the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party. It played a key role in Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Their main assignments were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of the opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties (esp. the Rotfrontkämpferbund) and intimidating Jewish citizens (e.g. the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses).

The SA was the first Nazi paramilitary group to develop pseudo-military titles for bestowal upon its members. The SA ranks were adopted by several other Nazi Party groups, chief amongst them the SS, itself originally a branch of the SA. SA men were often called "brownshirts" for the colour of their uniforms (similar to Benito Mussolini's blackshirts). Brown-coloured shirts were chosen as the SA uniform because a large batch of them were cheaply available after World War I, having originally been ordered during the war for colonial troops posted to Germany's former African colonies.

The SA became disempowered after Adolf Hitler ordered the "Blood purge" of 1934. This event became known as the Night of the Long Knives. The SA was effectively superseded by the SS, although it was not formally dissolved and banned until after the Third Reich's final capitulation to the Allied powers in 1945.

(Wikipedia)

Subject/Index Terms:
Stormtroopers (SA), paramilitary wing of the Nazi party
swastika
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Germany (1918--1933)
English, language
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 8: RG-36.01.08, German African Corps buckle, circa 1943Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

German African Corps buckel (DAK, Deutches Afrika Korp) which reads "God with Us." Belt maker is Gustav Hermann Osang.

The Afrika Korps formed upon Adolf Hitler's personal orders on 11 January 1941. Hitler picked Erwin Rommel to be their commander on 12 February 1941 (Rommel himself landed on African soil in Libya on 14 February 1941 to begin leading his forces that would be brought into action). The German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, OKW) and Army High Command (Oberkommando des Heeres, OKH) had decided to send a "blocking force" (Sperrverband) to Libya to support the Italian army. The Italian army group had been routed by the British Commonwealth Western Desert Force in Operation Compass (9 December 1940 – 9 February 1941).

After the defeat at El Alamein and the Allied landings in Morocco and Algeria Operation Torch, the OKW once more upgraded its presence in Africa by creating the XC Army Corps in Tunisia on 19 November 1942, and then creating a new 5th Panzer Army headquarters there as well on 8 December, under the command of Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim.

On 23 February 1943, Panzer Army Africa—now called the German-Italian Panzer Army—was redesignated as the Italian 1st Army and put under the command of Italian general Giovanni Messe, while Rommel was placed in command of a new Army Group Africa (Heeresgruppe Afrika), created to control both the Italian 1st Army and the 5th Panzer Army. The remnants of the Afrikakorps and other surviving units of the 1st Italian Army retreated into Tunisia. Command of the Army Group was turned over to von Arnim in March. On 13 May, remnants of the Afrikakorps surrendered, along with all other remaining Axis forces in North Africa.

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Subject/Index Terms:
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Afrika Korps (Nazi-Germany)
Battle in North Africa
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
Stormtroopers (SA), paramilitary wing of the Nazi party
German, language
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 9: RG-36.01.09, German Field Gendarmerie Gorget, circa 1933-1935Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, Feldgendarmerie were reintroduced into the Wehrmacht. The new units received full infantry training and were given extensive police powers. A military police school was set up at Potsdam, near Berlin to train Feldgendarmerie personnel. Subjects included Criminal code, general and special police powers, reporting duties, passport and identification law, weapons drill, self-defence techniques, criminal police methodology, and general administration.

All prospective candidates served at a Feldgendarmerie command after the first term of examinations. Courses lasted one year and failure rates were high: in 1935 only 89 soldiers graduated from an initial intake of 219 candidates. Feldgendarmerie were employed within army divisions and as self-contained units under the command of an army corps. They often worked in close cooperation with the Geheime Feldpolizei (English: Secret Field Police), district commanders and SS and Police Leaders.

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A gorget is a from the French gorge meaning throat, was originally a band of linen wrapped around a woman's neck and head in the medieval period, or the lower part of a simple chaperon hood. The term subsequently described a steel or leather collar designed to protect the throat, a set of pieces of plate armour, or a single piece of plate armour hanging from the neck and covering the throat and chest. Later, particularly from the 18th century onwards, the gorget became primarily ornamental, serving only as a symbolic accessory on military uniforms, a use which has survived to the modern day in some armies.

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Subject/Index Terms:
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Field Gendarmerie (Nazi-Germany)
swastika
Germany (1933 -- 1939)
English, language
German, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 10: RG-36.01.10, German Military Epaulette, Wehrmacht, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
German  military epaulettes with a "four chord" style. Four different styles of the epaulette are shown.
Subject/Index Terms:
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
SS Obersturmfuehrer Josten
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
German, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 11: RG-36.01.11, Helmet, A page from old catalogue, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A page from the catalogue of the Martyrs Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust worksheet describing a steel helmet with a leather liner and strap. The helmet was acquired on May 8, 1945.
Subject/Index Terms:
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
English, language
Documents in English language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Holocaust museums
swastika
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 12: RG-36.01.12, Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) buckle, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) buckle.

Sign: Blut und Ehre- Blood and Honor.

Subject/Index Terms:
Hitler Jugend
Blut und Ehre or Blood and Honor (Hitlerjugend), Hiltler Youth organziation
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
swastika
English, language
German, language
Nazi war propaganda
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 13: RG-36.01.13, Insignia for a German military hat, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Military hat insignia, metal.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Nazi-German insignias
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
Germany (1939--1945)
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 14: RG-36.01.14, Iron Cross, Second Class, with ribbon, circa 1845--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

The Iron Cross is a cross symbol typically in black with a white or silver outline that originated after 1219 when the Kingdom of Jerusalem granted the Teutonic Order the right to combine the Teutonic Black Cross placed above a silver Cross of Jerusalem.

The military decoration called the Iron Cross which existed in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire and Third Reich, was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and first awarded on the 10th of March in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. The recommissioned Iron Cross was also awarded during the Franco-Prussian War, World War I, and World War II. The Iron Cross was normally a military decoration only, though there were instances of it being awarded to civilians for performing military functions. Two examples of this were civilian test pilots Hanna Reitsch and Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, who were awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class and 2nd Class respectively for their actions as pilots during World War II.

The Iron Cross was used as the symbol of the German Army from 1871 to March/April 1918, when it was replaced by a simpler Greek cross. The Iron Cross was reintroduced as an award in the German Army in 1939 with a Swastika added in the center during the Third Reich in World War II. In 1956, the Iron Cross resumed its German military usage, as it became the symbol of the Bundeswehr, the modern German armed forces. The traditional design is black and this design is used on armored vehicles and aircraft. A newer design in blue and silver is used as the emblem in other contexts.

Subject/Index Terms:
Iron Cross medallion (Nazi-Germany)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
swastika
English, language
Nazi-German pins and badges
Germany (1939--1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 15: RG-36.01.15, War merit cross, First Class with swords, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
The War Merit Cross (German: Kriegsverdienstkreuz) was a decoration of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, which could be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel.
Subject/Index Terms:
War Merit Cross (Nazi-Germany)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
English, language
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 16: RG-36.01.16, Iron Cross, First Class, pin back, 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Iron Cross First Class for the Polish 1939 Campign with pin back.
Subject/Index Terms:
Iron Cross medallion (Nazi-Germany)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
swastika
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Nazi-German pins and badges
English, language
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 17: RG-36.01.17, Iron Cross, Second Class, with ribbon, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Iron Cross, Second Class with ribbon. The badge is dated for the 1939 campaign.
Subject/Index Terms:
Iron Cross medallion (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 18: RG-36.01.18, Iron Cross, Second Class, 1939 Campaign, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Iron Cross, Second class, 1939 campaign medallion.
Subject/Index Terms:
Iron Cross medallion (Nazi-Germany)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
swastika
Nazi-German pins and badges
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 19: RG-36.01.19, Nazi eagles sewn to uniform, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Nazi eagles that were sewn to the uniforms.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
Germany (1939--1945)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 20: RG-36.01.20, Nazi flagpole topper, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A Nazi flagpole topper.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi flag
Nazi-German banners
swastika
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1939--1945)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 21: RG-36.01.21, Non-commissioned officer's steel buckle, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A non-commissioned officer's steel buckle that reads 'God With Us."
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
English, language
German, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1939--1945)
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 22: RG-36.01.22, Painted NSDAP (Nazi Party) Pin, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A painted NSDAP (Nazi Party) pin. It reads, "National Social German Worker's Party."
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Nazi Party, membership
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German pins and badges
English, language
German, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 23: RG-36.01.23, Police officer's dress buckle, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A police officer's dress buckle.
Subject/Index Terms:
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Police and Security forces, 1939 --1945
Nazi-German pins and badges
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
German, language
English, language
swastika
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
German police authorities in Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 24: RG-36.01.24, Russian campaign medal with ribbon, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

A Russian campaign medal with ribbon.

The Eastern Front Medal, (Winterschlacht Im Osten), more commonly known as the Ostmedaille was instituted on May 26, 1942 to mark service on the German Eastern Front (World War II) during the period November 15, 1941 to April 15, 1942. It was commissioned to recognize the hardship endured by German and Axis Powers personnel, combatant or non-combatant, during the especially bitter Russian winter of '41/'42. It was wryly called the "Gefrierfleischorden" (Frozen Meat Medal) by Heer, Luftwaffe & Waffen-SS personnel to whom it was awarded.

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Subject/Index Terms:
Campaign Shield (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German invasion of the USSR, 22 June 1941
German war against the USSR, 1941 -- 1945
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
English, language
German, language
The USSR (1941--1945)
Germany (1939--1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 25: RG-36.01.25, Russian campaign medal, front and rear view, 1941-1942, circa 1942--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A Russian campaign medal dated 1941-1942, with a front and rear view of the medal.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Campaign Shield (Nazi-Germany)
German invasion of the USSR, 22 June 1941
German war against the USSR, 1941 -- 1945
Nazi-German pins and badges
English, language
German, language
The USSR (1941--1945)
Germany (1939--1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 26: RG-36.01.26, S.A. badge, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

The SA Sports Badge was a decoration of Nazi Germany that was issued between the years 1933 and 1945. It was a political version of the much more generic German Sports Badge which was also issued in great numbers by the Nazis.

The SA Sports Badge was issued in three grades (bronze, silver, and gold) as well as a special version known as the "SA Sports Badge for War Wounded". The wounded version was implemented in 1940 for those military veterans of the Wehrmacht who had been wounded in combat and could no longer perform the physical feats required for the normal SA Sports Badge. The wounded version of the badge was designed with different criteria and only those rated with a disability could qualify for the badge.

Although originally designed as a physical fitness badge for Nazi stormtroopers, the SA Sports Badge was issued across every German military and paramilitary organization. Indeed, the SS held the SA Sports Badge in high regard, and many of its senior members, Heinrich Himmler, Karl Wolff, and Arthur Nebe among them, qualified for the decoration. The badge was also commonly issued to the Wehrmacht and was one of the few political decorations that the armed forces allowed to freely be displayed on a military uniform (other such decorations included the Blood Order and the Golden Party Badge).

By 1943, a similar sports badge had been created for non-Germans attached to the Germanic-SS. Known as the Germanic Proficiency Runes, this award was issued in two grades (bronze and silver) with similar physical tests as those required for the SA Sports Badge.

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Subject/Index Terms:
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Stormtroopers (SA), paramilitary wing of the Nazi party
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
English, language
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 27: RG-36.01.27, Second Class Iron Cross, with ribbon, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
An Iron Cross, Second class with a ribbon attached. It is dated for the 1939 campaign.
Subject/Index Terms:
Iron Cross medallion (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
swastika
Germany (1939--1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 28: RG-36.01.28, SS badge for the SS Gruppe West of Frankfurt am Main, inscription Deployment on Section XI, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

SS badge: Gruppe West, Frankfurt am Main: Aufmarsch Abschnitt XI.

Inscription reads, "Deployment on Section XI."

The Schutzstaffel, translated to Protection Squadron or defence corps, abbreviated SS, was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP). It began at the end of 1920 as a small, permanent guard unit known as the "Saal-Schutz" (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for Nazi Party meetings in Munich. Later in 1925, Heinrich Himmler joined the unit which had by then been reformed and renamed the "Schutz-Staffel". Under Himmler's leadership (1929–45), it grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the Third Reich. Built upon the Nazi ideology, the SS under Himmler's command was responsible for many of the crimes against humanity during World War II (1939–45). The SS, along with the Nazi Party, was declared a criminal organization by the International Military Tribunal, and banned in Germany after 1945.

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Subject/Index Terms:
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
swastika
SS and administrative personnel, German
Schutzstaffel (SS)
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Totenkopf (skull and bones of SS)
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
German, language
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Schutzstaffel aka SS (Nazi-German paramilitary organization) (circa 1929--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 29: RG-36.01.29, Tank Assault Badge, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

The Tank Combat Badge, or Panzer Badge, first existed in the German Army during World War I, and was later issued again after the Spanish Civil War.

The World War I version showed a German A7V tank within a wreath surmounted by a Totenkopf ("death's head").

The Panzer Badge was introduced on December 20, 1939, in order to recognize the achievements of Panzer personnel who took part in armored assaults. It was designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin, and was instituted by order of Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch. On June 6, 1940, a separate class of the badge, in Bronze, was added in order to recognize the crews of armored vehicles other than tanks. The badge was presented in a paper packet with the name of the award printed on the outside. The award document that was awarded with it was the common type that had the particulars of the recipient (rank, name) and the authorizing signature of an officer. The Panzer Badge was worn on the left tunic pocket. The Bronze Panzer Badge was authorized for armored personnel and Panzergrenadier units equipped with armored vehicles. It was also to be presented to members of armored reconnaissance groups and rifle battalions of Panzer divisions. The authorization of these badges was usually done at a regimental or divisional level.

Subject/Index Terms:
Panzer Badge or Tank Combat Badge (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
swastika
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 30: RG-36.01.30, Two Wound Badges, black and gold, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Two wound badges in black and gold.

Wound Badge (German: das Verwundetenabzeichen) was a German military award for wounded or frostbitten soldiers of Imperial German Army in World War I, the Reichswehr between the wars, and the Wehrmacht, SS and the auxiliary service organizations during the Second World War. After March 1943, due to the increasing number of Allied bombings, it was also awarded to injured civilians. It was ultimately one of the most common of all Third Reich decorations, yet also one of the most highly prized, since it had to be "bought with blood".

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Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
swastika
Wound Badge (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 31: RG-36.01.31, War Merit Cross, rear side, 1939, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A rear view of the war merit cross badge for the years 1939.
Subject/Index Terms:
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
War Merit Cross (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany (1939--1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
English, language
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Goverment of Nazi Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 32: RG-36.01.32, Wound Badge in silver, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A silver wound badge.
Subject/Index Terms:
Wound Badge (Nazi-Germany)
swastika
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany (1939--1945)
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
English, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 33: RG-36.01.33, Wound Badge in black, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A wound badge in black.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Wound Badge (Nazi-Germany)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany (1939--1945)
English, language
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 34: RG-36.01.34, NSFK insignia, circa 1937--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

The National Socialist Flyers Corps (German: Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps; NSFK) was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party that was founded April 15, 1937 as a successor to the German Air Sports Association; the latter had been active during the years when a German Air Force was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles. The organization was based closely on the organization of the Sturmabteilung (SA) and maintained a system of paramilitary ranks closely associated with the SA. A similar group was the National Socialist Motor Corps.

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Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
swastika
National Socialist Flyers Corps or NSFK (Nazi-German paramilitary organization)
Nazi-German pins and badges
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
National Sozialistische Fliegerkorp (NSFK) (1937 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 35: RG-36.01.35, Nazi Pin, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A Nazi membership pin.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi Party, membership
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 36: RG-36.01.36, Ich Hatt Einen Kameraden Medallion (I had a comrade), circa 1919--1933Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Der gute Kamerad" ("The good Comrade"), also known as "I had a comrade in arms", is a traditional lament of the German Armed Forces. The text was written by the German poet Ludwig Uhland in 1809. In 1825, the composer Friedrich Silcher set it to music.

"The Good Comrade" plays an important ceremonial role in the German Armed Forces and is an integral part of a military funeral. The song has also become traditional in obsequies of the Military of Austria, the Austrian firebrigades and the highly prussianized Chilean Army. It is also used to some degree in the French Army, particularly in the Foreign Legion. When the song is played, soldiers are to salute, an honour otherwise reserved for national anthems only.

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It is a lamentation for a dead comrade.

Reverse of a token has a horizontal inscription in capital letters running in seven rows: “Those who have received this token of iron have helped with the adornment of resting paces of our brave ones”

Subject/Index Terms:
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
German, language
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Government of German Empire (1918)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 37: RG-36.01.37, Nazi-era Medallion, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A Nazi-era medallion dated for a 1937 campaign.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 38: RG-36.01.38, Red Nazi armband with black stripes, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A red Nazi armband with black stripes.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi armband
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
swastika
Nazi Party, membership
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 39: RG-36.01.39, Triangular badge, 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A triangular badge with a tank description and yellow, red, and blue colors. There is also a number 12 in thr corner.
Subject/Index Terms:
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 40: RG-36.01.40, Red and white Nazi armband, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A red and white Nazi armband.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi armband
swastika
Nazi Party, membership
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 41: RG-36.01.41, White cloth with eagle and swastika patch, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A white cloth patch  with an eagle and swastika.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Nazi Party, membership
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 42: RG-36.01.42, Black armband, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A black armband with a swastika and Nazi badge sewn on.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi armband
swastika
Nazi Party, membership
German, language
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 43: RG-36.01.43, Red Nazi armband with sticker, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A red Nazi armband with a purchase sticker.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi armband
Nazi Party, membership
German, language
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 44: RG-36.01.44, Red Nazi armband with pin, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A red Nazi armband with pins.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi armband
Nazi Party, membership
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 45: RG-36.01.45, Yellow Deutsche Wehrmacht armband, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A yellow armband that reads, "Deutsche Wehrmacht."
Subject/Index Terms:
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Nazi Party, membership
Nazi armband
German, language
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 46: RG-36.01.46, Red and white diamond Nazi patch, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A red and white diamond-shaped Nazi patch.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
Nazi Party, membership
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 47: RG-36.01.47, Yellow skull and crossbones handkerchief, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A yellow handkerchief with a skull and crossbones print.
Subject/Index Terms:
Totenkopf (skull and bones of SS)
NSDAP (Nazi Party) symbols and decorations
Nazi Party, membership
Nazi-German pins and badges
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 48: RG-36.01.48, Blue National Socialist Party pin, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A blue swastika pin.
Subject/Index Terms:
NSDAP (Nazi Party) symbols and decorations
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi Party, membership
Nazi-German pins and badges
swastika
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Creators:
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 49: RG-36.01.49, Personal black ammo pouch with state emblem, circa 1939--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A black ammo pouch with a Nazi state emblem.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 50: RG-36.01.50, Skull and bones pin, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Skull and bones pin.
Subject/Index Terms:
Totenkopf (skull and bones of SS)
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Schutzstaffel aka SS (Nazi-German paramilitary organization) (circa 1929--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 51: RG-36.01.51, Metal swastika with two irregular segments, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A swastika made of metal, with two irregular corners.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 52: RG-36.01.52, Cross inset with diamond (or ersatz gemstone), circa 1850--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Cross inset with a diamond or ersatz gemstone.
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 53: RG-36.01.53, Nazi eagle brooch, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A golden Nazi brooch with an eagle carrying the swastika.
Subject/Index Terms:
swastika
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
English, language
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 54: RG-36.01.54, Belt buckle featuring an eagle clutching a swastika, circa 1933--1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A belt buckle featuring an eagle clutching a swastika.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
NSDAP (Nazi Party) symbols and decorations
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Nazi-German pins and badges
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
swastika
Creators:
Germany Military Command (May, 1945)
Wehrmacht (German Army) (1939--1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 55: RG-36.01.55, Einsatzsturm der NSDAP, 1944, 1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
An armband that reads, "Einsatzsturm der NSDAP."  a special forces mobilized out of the general German population by the Nazi party to defend Germany. In the corner is a Nazi stamp.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
NSDAP (Nazi Party) symbols and decorations
swastika
Nazi armband
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German, language
Nazi-German pins and badges
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Germany (1933 -- 1945)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Creators:
NSDAP, National Socialist German Workers' Party (1933 -- 1945)
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 56: RG-36.01.56, Nazi lapel pin with Nazi swastika insignia and eagleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Nazi Lapel pin with Nazi swastika insignia and eagle, date unknown.
Arrangement: Item-level - pin.
Extent: 1 - pin
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi party
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
swastika
Nazi-German pins and badges
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
German Armed Forces, Wehrmacht
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Nazi Party
Nazi Party, agencies (1933 -- 1945)
Nazi Military Authorities, 1933-1945
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 57: RG-36.01.57, National-Sozialistiche D.A.P. lapel pin red, white and gold, unknownAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
WWII National-Sozialistiche D.A.P (Nazi Party) pin. White enamel background with a black swastika encircled in a red circle with the words 'National-Socialistische-D.A.P' written in gold. Exact date unknown.
Arrangement: Item-Level - pin
Extent: 1 pin
Language: German
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 58: RG-36.01.58, Hitler Youth belt buckle with 'Blut und Ehre' inscription, 1933-1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) buckle, with 'Blut und Ehre' ('Blood and Honor') inscription.
Arrangement: Item-level - belt buckle
Extent: 1 belt buckle
Language: German
Subject/Index Terms:
Blut und Ehre or Blood and Honor (Hitlerjugend), Hiltler Youth organziation
Hitler-Jugend (HJ), Hitler Youth, German term
Hitler Jugend
Military Uniforms (Nazi-German)
Second World War, 1939 -- 1945
swastika
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)
Hitler Youth (1933-1945)
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 59: RG-36.01.59, WWII German Police supporter pin, 1942, 1942Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
WWII German Police pin issued to individuals who contributed to the force, dated 1942. The design consists of an eagle with the wings fully spread placed in front of a wreath. The talons are cluthing a smaller wreath that bears a swastika. The back has a metal pin.
Arrangement: Item level - pin
Extent: One item
Document/Artifact of Item-Level 60: RG-36.01.60, Cross of Honor of the German Mother, Dec. 1938, Dec. 1938Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
The Cross of Honor of the German Mother was a state decoration given to German mothers to promote population growth. Eligible mothers were awarded a bronze cross for having four or five children, a silver cross for six or seven children, and gold cross for eight or more children.
Arrangement: Item-level - metal cross and ribbon
Extent: 1 item
Subject/Index Terms:
Nazi-German decorations, medals and awards
Military and Civil decorations, medals and insignias
Germany
Creators:
Government of Nazi Germany (1933--1945)

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[Sub-Collection 1: RG-36.01, German decorations, awards, medals, and insignias, 1918 -- 1945],
[Sub-Collection 2: RG-36.02, Daggers, sabers, and parade arms, circa 1918--1945],
[Sub-Collection 3: RG-36.03, Nazi-German flags, circa 1933--1945],
[Sub-Collection 4: RG-36.04, Nazi-German coins, 1932, 1937],
[Sub-Collection 5: RG-36.05, Nazi-German paraphernalia, circa 1933--1939],
[Sub-Collection 6: RG-36.06, Lyle S. Bettger Collection, circa 1934--1995],
[Sub-Collection 7: RG-36.07, Oak Chest Poker Chips, circa 1933--1945],
[Sub-Collection 8: RG-36.08, Nazi-German rubber stamps],
[Sub-Collection 9: RG-36.09, Personal and official documents, crica 1933--1945],
[Sub-Collection 10: RG-36.10, Miscellaneous artifacts, circa 1900-1960],
[Sub-Collection 11: RG-36.11 Nazi-German Cutlery],
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