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Kurland "Courland" Norway Campaign Cuff Title

Article about: Hi all, This item came up for auction recently in my area and I was successful in getting it. I am an opportunist collector of WWII Axis military items that occasionally appear for sale or a

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    Smile Kurland "Courland" Norway Campaign Cuff Title

    Hi all,

    This item came up for auction recently in my area and I was successful in getting it. I am an opportunist collector of WWII Axis military items that occasionally appear for sale or auction.

    This WWII German Kurland "Courland" Norway campaign cuff title is an offset white color with black graphics design and border edges. The "WKZ" stamp on the rear is a purplish color. The cuff title is approximately 17 1/4 inches (44 cm) long and 1 1/4 inches (4 cm) wide.

    I thought some would be interested to see a few pictures of it.

    John
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    Hi John, I don't understand your reference to Norway???

    Cheers, Ade.
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    I was thinking the same thing Ade ( maybe some of the Germans escaped across the Baltic and made these up in Norway??? ) LOL
    Dan
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    Its not a 57er award, its a reproduction IMO . I have heard of the explanation that they (Kreta/Afrika/Kurland) were made for veterans associations, I just think they were sourced from a militaria dealer......to be made available at veterans meetings for purchase to replace lost awards....but they still are reproductions. I do know that some collectors will use them as back drops to displays....and some unscrupulous dealers advertise them as 1957 awards !
    The only "official" use of any WW2 award cuff title in the Bundeswehr was as a ribbon bar device and worn as such...see here for the "Kreta" title....
    Prost ! Steve.
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    Smile Re: Kurland "Courland" Norway Campaign Cuff Title

    Hi Ade,

    My error. I had been reading about a Kurland, Norway and instead should have entered Courland, Latvia.

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    Thanks for clearing that up.

    I would agree with Steve, this one is a reproduction.

    Originals were machine woven and often hand finished. They were not issued full length like a conventional cuff title, but made just long enough to fit around the front of the tunic cuff only.

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