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Kurland Cuff Title

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis 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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Ärmelschild Demjansk #3

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on November 10, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgOkay, after three attempts I finally have an original of this shield. Awarded to those who participated in the actions around and in the Demjansk Pocket in 1942.

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Kriegsmarine Ärmelschild Narvik

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , on September 12, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis 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.

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U-Boot-Frontspange

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , on September 9, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a Kriegsmarine Uboat Combat Clasp. It was awarded to recognise acts of valour among German submarine crews. This example was manufactured by Fec W. E. Peekhaus, Schwerin, Berlin.

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U-Boot-Frontspange m1957 im Silber

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , on June 2, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe 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.

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Kreta Cuff Title

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis text book example of the Kreta cuff title would have bene issued to a veteran of the bloody campaign to capture the island of Crete in 1941.

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.

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Frontflugspange für Transportflieger in Silber

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis 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.

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