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    Though not an award as such, I wondered if any of you badge people can post some opinions on this item, as it is marked for Deschler, Ludenscheid and is a unique item. It is shown in the Kurtz Afrikakorps book and is being offered for sale for $10,000.00 Does the hardware setup match this maker?

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    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Never seen such thing before mate.
    Very interesting.
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

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    Never seen one before either, but an interesting piece nonetheless. I'm always wary of these "one of a kind" type pieces.


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    I've never seen one of these before and am slightly sceptical of it being marked with a well known maker such as Deschler. I wonder if Deschler would go to the trouble of making such an item considering the low production run and it not actually being an 'official' award?
    Best Regards,

    Looking for LDO marked EK2s and items relating to U-406.....

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    The text at the bottom of the last pic dates the badge as 'July 1941, this pin is believed to be one of the earliest examples of Sonderverband 288 specific insignia.'

    How they surmise July 1941, I don't know, as there appears to be no 'July' engraved on the badge. The problem I have with it is that in July '41 when the unit was raised, it was called 'Sonderverband F' (aka Combat group Menton after the original commander), and only became 'Sonderverband 288' in November of '41. This lasted until October '42 when they were again re-named Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment Afrika.

    I can't reconcile the Ersatz-Abteilung 8 as being anywhere near the Western Desert at these times, or afterwards for that matter, perhaps others know better? It would be interesting, as Sonderverband 288 were a pretty 'sexy' outfit, even by DAK standards it would appear!

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    Some very good points raised and as my interest is purely academic, not a problem for me and I have always been dubious about it. It is said to come with some form of provenance, a letter or something of that ilk. I am trying to get some more info from the seller. I do not have 10 grand nor would I spend 10 k on any item of militaria, unless I won the lottery.

    If original, it would be a really cool thing for a DAK collector to own, but as stated above, way beyond my budget.


    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    10 this hobby makes me feel poor sometimes lol

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    Thanks for the link, Ned.
    I doubt an outfit like that would even make a badge like that. Looks strange to me.
    Where does the reserve 'abteilung' come into the picture!
    Im suspicious of this one, but not being a trusty person and having never seen or even heard of this badge (let alone the outfit), one shouldnt pay any heed to what ever Im posting in regards to this badge.

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    With regards to the October 42 renaming of the unit, HW Schmidt in his personal account with them still refers to them as SV288 in November of that year and throughout the retreat after Alamein, though technically he was incorrect. As Ned alluded to, this unit is the most desirable of all Afrika units and their insignia is highly collectable and consequently expensive.

    According to the info I have it was formed in mid 1941 and was called SV288 from the start.
    Last edited by Jerry B; 09-17-2012 at 09:03 PM.


    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    I remain very skeptical about this badge.

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