Product Description: This 2nd Pattern Führerhauptquartier Cuff Title is an extremely desirable piece of insignia for a very elite German Army formation. This pattern of cuff title was worn by members of Hitler’s security battalion (Führerbegleitbatallion) at his headquarters in East Prussia, starting in 1939. This is the second pattern version. The body of this rare cuff title is made of a high quality black doeskin wool, with a smooth nap. The cuff title is emblazoned with the word “Führerhauptquartier” in hand embroidered wire bullion, in the “Sütterlin” script taught in German schools until 1941. This embroidery is perfectly executed, with no damage, and shows only extremely slight toning to the bullion. The long edges of the cuff title are edged with aluminum wire “Russia braid,” which has been machine sen to the cuff title. This “Russia braid” has an off-white cotton core which is visible at the ends. The reverse of this 2nd Pattern Führerhauptquartier Cuff Title shows typical long hand-applied stitches that join the top and bottom edges, protecting the back side of the embroidery. This is an apparently unissued example, with no stitch holes, wear or any other sign of having been sewn to a uniform. It’s full length, with no mothing or other damage. It’s an outstanding example of a hard to find cuff title, in near mint condition.
Historical Description: Cuff titles (Ärmelstreifen) are uniform accoutrements that have been used in the German military since the 19th century. Intended to foster a certain sense of ‘esprit de corps’ amongst members of the armed forces, they were authorized for wear by members of designated units for the duration of their service time within that unit. In the event of transfer out of the unit, the cuff title was to be removed from the service member’s uniform. During the Third Reich, the German military continued this tradition by instituting honorary cuff titles to certain ‘special’ formations. This practice is perhaps most well-known for its application amongst Waffen- ϟϟ units. Cuff titles were also authorized for wear within all branches of the Wehrmacht (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well. These unit-specific cuff titles are not to be confused with others, which were awarded for participation in a certain campaign. The tradition, within the German military of wearing cuff titles, continues into the 21st century with certain honor guard contingents of the Bundeswehr being permitted to wear unit-specific cuff titles.
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