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Reichsbahn or Bahnpolizei button?

Article about: I got this button in a lot of medal bars lately, and I believe it's a Reichsbahn or Bahnpolizei tunic button. Is there some way to tell the difference between the two? It measures a bit over

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    Quote by Wilhelm Saris View Post
    HPL, sorry I have to correct you. Eagle buttons were in use by Reichsbahn for
    the great-coat (see image from an Assmann-catalogue). I thought they came
    into being in early war, so about 1941. Have no time to check it as such!

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    Wim, i have just not long received this catalouge in reprinted form!

    an worth buy imho!

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    There are some pages of an Assman catalog available to view online as well, although I don't see this particular Reichsbahn uniform button pictured there.

    Firma F. W. Assmann & Sohne - Uniform buttons

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    The Assmann cataloque was a permanent cataloque where pages could have been taken out or added.
    A complete cataloque so can have pages with a, b or c. One can add such page by unscrewing the

    I have no reprint where the button is added, but in the hard covered cataloques with a soldier holding his
    cap (see first image), in some occasions it is added. In one cataloque the Original cataloque owner added
    it to page 38; in another cataloque I have it was added after page 52.

    Note the cataloque in fact remained property of the Assmann-concern (see image 2). The correction is visible
    with images 3 and 4. The button is at a spot where it was said that old insignia were no longer valid (the
    early pattern NSDAP-eagle).

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    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Excellent research (as usual!) Wim.

    I do not think these DRB buttons were issued widely during the war--most tunics/greatcoats one finds today have the pebble-finish buttons.

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    Hello Stonemint,

    maybe they were not in use after all. The note is just in the Assmann-catalogue,
    but when I read wartime uniform-orders and regulations they constantly say:
    "buttons for the great-coat are as in use with the tunic" (for example July 1941).

    It is possible the buttons were meant to be used with the new cut for the great-coat
    as from a just later date (fall 1941). Due to the wartime situation it just remained
    a plan and was not carried through after all! I have not found any regulation,
    stating the new form of buttons in official Reichsbahn-regulations. The new cut for
    the great-coat even was cancelled at a later stage of the war (October 1944), to
    safe 30.0 cm cloth for each great-coat to be made.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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