Condition: Very Good
Manufacturer: F. W. Assmann, Lüdenscheid
Product Description: This is a high quality variant of the standard Hitler Youth belt buckle, made by the firm of F. W. Assmann & Soehne, in Lüdenscheid. It features the Hitlerjugend motto “Blut und Ehre” (Blood and Honor) surmounting an eagle clutching the diamond swastika emblem of the HJ. This one is made out of one piece of stamped steel, that has been finished with a heavy plating of nickel silver. This silver plating still covers nearly all of the front of the buckle, with only some tiny worn spots at high points revealing the base metal. The front of the buckle shows light wear, but retains excellent detail. On the reverse, the soldered catch has broken off and is missing. The belt attachment prongs are intact and functional. This Hitler Youth belt buckle is well marked with the “RZM” logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, the code “M4/39” indicating Assmann, and the commercial type stylized “A” Assmann logo. This Hitler Youth belt buckle is an attractive example, with great finish, by a desirable maker, and remains in very good 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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