SS Cavalry Officer’s Spurs

Condition: Excellent

Maker: SS215/35 RZM

SKU: JW5360 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This pair of SS Cavalry Officer’s Spurs is an extremely rare set, that displays very nicely. These are made of steel. The surface is clean and bright, with great luster and no pitting, corrosion or other damage, and only tiny scattered marks from handling. The form of these handsome spurs is refined and elegant. There are fittings for affixing leather straps, as well as a ball tipped extension at the back of each spur that hold a small rowel with 8 dull points. Each of these SS Cavalry Officer’s Spurs is very nicely marked, with the runic emblem of the SS and the round “RZM” logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, as well as the maker code “315/35,” all enclosed within a box. These are top quality pieces, finely made, and very well preserved. The condition rates as excellent.



Historical Description: Cavalry (from the French word cavalerie, known in German as Kavellerie) traditionally refers to a branch of armed forces made up of men who fight on horseback using small arms or edged weapons. In the motorization of the 20th century, most of these units were disbanded, or replaced with mechanized Infantry or armored forces, some of which retained the traditional cavalry designation. In antiquity, medieval times, and in the Renaissance, cavalry and infantry were the two main types of military forces. Horse-mounted units remained an important part of military tactics through the end of the 19th century. As early as the start of WWI, cavalry attacks against infantry on the Western Front proved fruitless, or in some cases yielded partial successes that were out of proportion to the losses suffered by the attackers. Horse-mounted units continued in limited use on the Eastern Front in that war, mostly for reconnaisance. The last successful attack by a large-scale horse-mounted unit took place in 1917, conducted by Australian and British troops. By the start of WWII, most cavalry units were no longer horse mounted, but traditional horse mounted units did see some use. Polish mounted units had some successes, that did not affect the outcome of the campaign, and Germany still fielded horse-mounted troops in areas of the Ostfront that were not passable for vehicles or infantry. Today, mounted units largely perform a purely ceremonial role.


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