Product Description: This Heer Belt and Buckle displays very well. The buckle is a private purchase dress type, made of aluminum. The front is pebbled, with a separately applied “Gott mit Uns” roundel. The buckle never had any paint. The surface of the aluminum is clean and virtually pristine, with sharp detail. The reverse of the buckle features an integral catch for the hook on the belt and an aluminum roller bar and prongs assembly. The four prongs for affixing the roundel are visible. There is no maker mark, as is typical with this buckle type. The leather belt is really nice and has a total length of about 38 inches. It’s a later war type, with holes to affix the buckle rather than a separate tongue. The hook is steel. The belt is faintly marked on the hook end with a partial RB number, and remains complete, supple, and sound, with no issues. The condition of this Heer Belt and Buckle rates as excellent plus.
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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