Product Description: This is an attractive and complete example of the SS Recruitment Procurement Education Sleeve Diamond. This desirable bit of insignia was intended to be worn by the specialist NCOs of the SS Main Office Department of Recruitment, Procurement and Education (SS-Hauptamt Abteilung Ergänzung, Erfassung und Schulung). The patch depicts the “Tyr-Rune,” an ancient symbol used in a number of contexts in the Third Reich. This runic emblem is machine embroidered in silver-gray thread, on a backing of typical black SS badge cloth. There is some minor fraying to the black wool backing. The front of this SS Recruitment Procurement Education sleeve diamond shows only extremely minor toning from age and handling; there is no indication this patch was ever issued or worn. This SS Recruitment Procurement Education Sleeve Diamond is a rare item to encounter. This is a textbook original example.
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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