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Aluminum plaque, Reichsfinanzverwaltung - Zoll Grenschutz

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    Default Aluminum plaque, Reichsfinanzverwaltung - Zoll Grenschutz

    Dear Friends, i need your help, original or fake?. Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Aluminum plaque, Reichsfinanzverwaltung - Zoll Grenschutz

    Hi belgrano,

    The sign/plaque you show here is, strictly speaking, not a military item,
    but the sign of a customs office. "Reichsfinanzverwaltung -
    Zollgrenzschutz" translates as "National Finance Administration -
    Customs Border Guards".

    QUOTE:


    "Reichsfinanzverwaltung" means "National Finance Administration". This
    was the term for the entirety of all national finance authorities,
    with the Reichsfinanzministerium (National Ministry of Finance) at the
    top. On the middle level, there were the Landesfinanzämter (State
    Finance Offices), and the bottom level consisted of the ordinary tax
    and revenue offices (Finanzämter).

    The Reichsfinanzministerium as leading institution of the
    Reichsfinanzverwaltung was in charge of all institutions and
    organizations responsible for national financial issues. Thus, the
    customs were also part of the Reichsfinanzverwaltung.


    "Zollgrenzschutz" means "Customs Border Guards". In Germany, the
    Zollgrenzschutz used to be a police-like armed force of customs
    officers whose main task was patrolling the national borders to
    prevent smuggling. Under the name Zollgrenzschutz, the force was
    established in 1937 (but it already existed before: from 1919-1937 it
    was named Zollgrenzdienst). The 1937 organization reform did not only
    bring the Zollgrenzschutz its new name, but also military structures
    and uniforms.

    During the war years, the Zollgrenzschutz was enlarged in order to
    control the borders of countries occupied by Germany. For those
    services, combat units were formed because in many occupied areas
    partisans were active. In 1944, the Zollgrenzschutz was taken from the
    Reichsfinanzministerium's responsibility and made part of the SS. Now,
    the Zollgrenzschutz units were used as regular combat forces.

    On 2 May 1945, the Zollgrenzschutz came under the
    Reichsfinanzministerium's responsibility again, 6 days before Germany
    surrendered.

    END QUOTE.

    I would imagine that the sign is original as it seems a rather obscure and little desired thing for fakers to bother about, but it's an interesting piece of 3rd Reich history all the same.


    Sources:

    Zollgrenzschutz: Geschichte und Organisation des Zollgrenzschutzes,
    1919-1945 (History of the Zollgrenzschutz, in German).

    Wikipedia.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Default Re: Aluminum plaque, Reichsfinanzverwaltung - Zoll Grenschutz

    Quote by big ned View Post
    The sign/plaque you show here is, strictly speaking, not a military item,
    but the sign of a customs office.
    Quote by big ned View Post
    I would imagine that the sign is original as it seems a rather obscure and little desired thing for fakers to bother about, but it's an interesting piece of 3rd Reich history all the same.
    Sorry, Ned, but this is actually a sleeve badge for the Zollgrenzschutz (to be sewn to a brassard), not the sign of a customs office and, yes, these are faked.

    Here is some (German-language) information about these badges, including photographs of real and fake ones:

    http://www.zollgrenzschutz.de/index....129&Itemid=138
    http://www.zollgrenzschutz.de/index....117&Itemid=126

    If the information on that site is correct - which states that originals were always made of brass and that the badge number should never be legible on the reverse side - the one above would appear to be a fake.

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    Thankyou for the clarification Andreas, I know what I must now do........
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Default Re: Aluminum plaque, Reichsfinanzverwaltung - Zoll Grenschutz

    don't do it ned it makes a mess.

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    Default Re: Aluminum plaque, Reichsfinanzverwaltung - Zoll Grenschutz

    And we'd miss you! (Unless you meant to use the gun on me. Same principle, though: I'd miss myself even more.)

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