Thanks for sharing this.
Some of those items are just the usual things that typically get lost and found at major events - like a pocket knife, a cigarette case, some wallets - but some others probably resulted in their previous carriers' having an unpleasant conversation with their superiors, like the four SS daggers, the backpack or the new-model flag bearer's breast shield.
By the way: The descriptions for two of the wallets (items # 18 and 19 on the list) are actually interesting. Both were brown, horseshoe-shaped shake-out wallets; # 18 was adorned with a death's head and # 19 with a national eagle. (It is not specified whether these embellishments were metal badges, embossed designs or applied in some other way.) Those wallets would likely be dismissed as fantasy items or put-together if they surfaced today.
Anyone who has bee in a military organization knows that the loss of property is also quite normal, as well. This item is also a reminder of why the primary sources themselves are vital to a comprehension of the SS versus the endless picture books that recycle the same five hundred images, the sum of which says little about the organization as we collectors have to comprehend it.
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Where can one obtain copies of these primordial documents?
Thank you. I have seen these before. I am always struck by the haughty carriage of the cartoon eagle.
Very nice tableau of items. Happy collecting.
Truly a very informative thread which reinforces the human aspect of life as a part of the SS.