This is the most commonly found machine embroidered Kurland cuff title. This one is pretty much stock standard and, while I have been looking for one for ages, I wanted one that had no issues. The printed ones are more common but less appealing aesthetically as well as tougher to validate as period. This arm band was sourced locally in the Kurland area while a small number were shipped from the Reich.
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This arm shield for the Narvik campaign was issued to a Kriegsmarine member as indicated by the colour of the shield as well as the backing fabric. After finding out my other one was a “small 4” fake I was determined to get an undoubted original. Of course I also considered hunting down the dealer and stabbing him but reason won out for the moment.
The U-boat Front Clasp (German: U-Boot-Frontspange) or U-boat Combat Clasp, as it is better known, was a German badge that was awarded to holders of the U-boat War Badge to recognize continued combat service and valor during World War II. It was awarded in three grades, bronze, silver and gold. This is the denazified 1957 reissue.
This one would make a great research project as it is named to Alois Acko from Graz, Austria. I believe the Uffz that precedes his name is an abbreviation for Unteroffizier which is a Jerry rank approximating Lance-Sergeant or Sergeant. This is a rank used in the Fallshirmjäger so there’s a good chance this is a paratrooper award which makes it double plus good. I looked Alois up on the German Casualties Lists and couldn’t find him so it appears he survived the war.
This is the Front Flying Clasp in Silver for Transport aircrew. The Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe (German: Frontflugspange) was awarded in Bronze, Silver, and Gold with upgrade possible to include diamonds. Pennants suspended from the clasp indicated the number of missions obtained in a given type of aircraft.