Product Description: This SS Germania Cuff Title is an outstanding, unissued example of the very rare and desirable distinctive unit insignia worn by men of SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 9 “Germania.” It’s a textbook original piece. The construction style of this cuff title is machine woven in a way that is known as “Bevo,” a contracted form of the name of the primary manufacturer of this style of insignia, Bandfabrik Ewald Vorsteher, Wuppertal. This attractive cuff title is made of woven black and gray rayon. The honor name “Nordland” is woven in Latin letters, in silver gray thread on a black background with gray borders at the top and bottom. The reverse of this SS Germania Cuff Title features the typical, so-called “salt & pepper” pattern. There are no stitch holes or any indication that this was ever sewn on a uniform. It remains full length, with the manufacturer name “Bevo, Wuppertal” woven into one end. There are no holes, no stains. This is a choice piece of SS regalia, that remains in exceptional, near mint condition.
Historical Description: Cuff titles (Ärmelstreifen) are uniform accoutrements that have been used in the German military since the 19thcentury. Intended to foster a certain sense of ‘esprit de corps’ amongst members of the armed forces, they were authorized for wear by members of designated units for the duration of their service time within that unit. In the event of transfer out of the unit, the cuff title was to be removed from the service member’s uniform. During the Third Reich, the German military continued this tradition by instituting honorary cuff titles to certain ‘special’ formations. This practice is perhaps most well-known for its application amongst Waffen- ϟϟ units. Cuff titles were also authorized for wear within all branches of the Wehrmacht (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well. These unit-specific cuff titles are not to be confused with others, which were awarded for participation in a certain campaign. The tradition, within the German military of wearing cuff titles, continues into the 21st century with certain honor guard contingents of the Bundeswehr being permitted to wear unit-specific cuff titles.
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