Blue Luftwaffe Enlisted Buckle – GB Gustav Brehmer

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Gustav Brehmer Markneukirchen

Base Material: Steel


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Product Description: This blue Luftwaffe Enlisted Buckle is a nice example of the standard wartime German Air Force buckle. It is made of stamped steel that still retains about 95 percent of the original factory applied blue paint. The front shows only very minimal wear, with some bare steel peeking through in tiny areas at the high points of the design. The matte paint has an uncleaned, dusty patina, and there are some tiny flecks of surface rust. The hollow reverse of this blue Luftwaffe Enlisted Buckle also has an old, uncleaned patina. The spot welded catch and roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt are intact and functional with some surface rust. This buckle is marked near the catch with “GB” indicating manufacture by the firm of  Gustav Brehmer in Markneukirchen. This is an appealing wartime made buckle that remains in excellent condition.



Historical Description: The belt buckle was an important part of the regalia worn by all uniformed military, civil, political, and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich. The belt (“Koppel”) was part of the uniform and would always be worn while on duty. The belt buckle (“Koppelschloss”) was generally specific to each organization, with many organizations having separate belt buckles for officers and for enlisted personnel, sometimes with different colors and finishes to further denote specific purposes. The buckles were adorned with various mottos and designs specific to the organizations for which they were intended. Many designs used the German national eagle emblem, in a variety of forms. Belt buckles were worn with uniforms ranging from finely tailored officer parade uniforms, to the issue uniforms of enlisted soldiers in combat. Generally speaking, most German belt buckles of the Third Reich were made with two prongs on the reverse, to allow the buckle to be worn and adjusted on a belt. The buckle had a catch that would mate with a hook on the belt, when worn. The earliest Third Reich buckles were often made of brass, or nickel silver. Later, aluminum became very common, and was used on private purchase as well as enlisted buckles of the German military, with or without a painted or plated finish. After WWII began, most enlisted military buckles were steel. Nazi belt buckles were popular souvenirs for Allied troops who served in Europe. Some types were made by the millions and remain quite common today. Others were made in limited numbers and are very rare.



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