Product Description: The Organisation Todt EM buckle is an extremely hard to find enlisted buckle type, that is missing from most collections. This one is a rare original, textbook in all aspects, that we are pleased to be able to offer. This Organisation Todt EM buckle is made out of steel, with a silver “radiator paint” finish, similar to that found on some SS buckles. The buckle features a central roundel with a wreathed crossed shovels and sword emblem, on which is superimposed a German national eagle and swastika, and beneath which is a stylized German concrete bunker. The obverse of the buckle shows only light wear, with more than 90 percent of the original painted finish intact. The bare steel has some dark oxidation. It’s a clean strike, with crisp detail. The reverse of this Organisation Todt EM buckle has about 80 percent of the original paint, with some old rust. The spot welded catch and the steel roller bar and prong assembly are intact and functional. There is no manufacturer marking. This extremely desirable buckle rates as 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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