Product Description: This is a very nice, representative example of the Heer EM/NCO Parade Buckle. This pattern of German Army buckle was a pre-war, private purchase style, intended for wear with a patent leather belt with the Waffenrock dress tunic, though battlefield recovered examples prove that some saw field use. This buckle is made of bright aluminum and never had any painted finish. The Army “Gott mit uns” roundel with eagle and swastika was made as a separate piece, which is affixed to the pebbled buckle “box” with 4 prongs. The obverse of the buckle retains full original detail and shows only extremely minimal wear. The reverse is unmarked, as is typical, and has some minor scratches from wear. The roundel prongs are all intact. The roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt is made of plated steel, and is intact and functional. This is an attractive and early Army buckle, 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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