In this connection, do look at the back of the ranks lists for the SS and see the growth of personnel in the years 1932 through 1939. This is S E V EN years of the some twenty that the SS more or less existed, and personnel hardly stayed in one unit for the duration. In fact, the whole thing was a kind of mobilization, wherein the badges and buttons were seized of rapid change, too.
The circumstances in which one did not wear a cuff title do interest me, and they are not as well interpreted in the secondary sources to say nothing of the primary sources.
However, there were many examples of persons without cuff titles.
The more you read Mollo and look at the material we have here, the more you will know. The more I have learned the more I disregard Angolia, by contrast.
Without a foundation in Mollo's work, many rely on the hodge podge of websites, but they are hardly enough.
There is a German work of more recent vintage which is noteworthy, and I will cite it, too, but it has its own contradictions, as well
as some significant research, not always as well cited. Mollo laid open the core sources, without which we would all be in the dark.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 04-29-2014 at 11:14 PM.
Wow. If only pictures could talk! The stories they would tell!
Happy collecting. And curiosity always forms the best reaction to the riddles and puzzles.
The chances are that the photograph starting the thread shows a member of the Austrian Legion. This was the largest group of SS men who wore a blank collar tab with early piping and without a cuff title. They were battalion size and located at the Dachau training camp. Here is an image of a member from this period.
I think that if the man was attached to an SS staff it is likely he would have a cuffband.
Great pic d'alquen! Thanks!!!
We have included an excellent work on the Austrian SS by a promising young historian of great merit.
A typical menacing face of a Thug...which this photo has to be the best representation. My Regards to you " d`alquen for sharing this photo. Larry
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