If this turns out to be real, you'll be extremely lucky. Don't know enough about shields to tell yet. I will be following this thread with interest.
From what i have read on WAF, it more of a prototype badge. It also debateable weather any were produced.
Correct me if im wrong
As far as I know they were never produced. Thought about and designed, yes. Made, no. Interestingly they were designed by an SS Officer - Benno von Arnt.
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I agree with Adrian.
All of these are postwar production.
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Much preliminary paperwork was done and - according to a statement by Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski - there were even award certificates for recipients fully prepared. These, however, were never signed or handed out, nor were the shields ever physically awarded, as the tools for producing them were destroyed in an allied air raid. Due to the conditions at this final stage of the war, they were never replaced and the shields were not produced.
Some sources state that a very few prototype badges/trial strikes were made, but this appears to be a matter of debate.
If (and that's a very big if) such originals exist at all, they would be ultra-rare; these shields are, however massively faked. That, and the fact that this one is sewn to a uniform cloth backing are not exactly good signs.
IF there were even minimal quantities produced, I would expect that they would be of the typical high Third Reich period standard too, which I fail to see here. What I see above is a typical, crudely made Eastern European fake I'm afraid.
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