Product Description: This SS Fachführer/Fachunterführer Sleeve Diamond is an exceedingly rare piece of SS regalia that is missing from most collections. It was intended for wear by a Fachführer who was assigned to the organization “Reichskommissariat fur Festigung des Deutschen Volksturm” (Office for Consolidation of German Nationhood) in the department “Gruppe Volkstumsarbeit” (Nationality Work Group). SS Fachführer were specialists who worked with and for the SS Main Office, eityher in the Reich or with the Waffen-SS in the field. The design of this badge features a blossom and grain emblem, neatly emboidered in silver gray thread on a base of typical SS black badge cloth. This piece probably dates from after 1943 and would not have ever had an RZM tag. There is no stiffener or backing as is typical with this type. There is some typical very minor age toning, but no mothing or damage. This SS Fachführer/Fachunterführer Sleeve Diamond remains in excellent condition. It measures about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide. It’s a nice example of a very scarce patch.
Historical Description: The uniforms worn by the various SS branches before and during WWII used a variety of insignia to indicate rank, unit assignment, and role, including collar tabs and shoulder boards, cuff titles, and sleeve diamonds. The sleeve diamonds were initially authorized in October 1935. Each had a distinctive letter, symbol or emblem, with its own unique meaning. SS sleeve diamonds were used to indicate which SS organization the wearer was assigned to, specific roles of SS personnel, special achievements such as proficiency in sports or marksmanship, or to recognize former service in other Nazi Party organizations. Some diamonds were specific to certain SS branches, such as the Allgemeine-SS, Waffen-SS, or the SS-Totenkopfverbände. Other sleeve diamonds could be worn by a member of any SS branch. The materials and construction of original sleeve diamonds varied. Some were either hand-embroidered or machine-embroidered on black wool, while others were “Bevo” machine woven on a rayon base. Generally, silver-gray thread embroidery was used for enlisted ranks and NCOs, while officers wore hand embroidered wire bullion. Diamonds could be edged with silver-colored twisted wire cord for officers, or black and silver twisted cord for NCOs. Originals existed with paper or cloth RZM tags on the reverse, or were unlabeled. In total, there were dozens of different types and variations of these made between 1935-45. Some were produced in limited numbers, and others are more commonly encountered today, but all are desirable and collectible pieces of SS regalia.
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