You are bidding on a VERY NICE REPRODUCTION example of a WW2 German Kriegsmarine (Navy) EM/NCO Brass Belt Buckle!
The Kriegsmarine superseded the Imperial German Navy of the German Empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war Reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the Weimar Republic. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches, along with the Heer (Army) and the Luftwaffe (Air Force), of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of National Socialist / Nazi Germany (1933–1945).
The Kriegsmarine’s most famous ships were the U-boats, most of which were constructed after Plan Z was abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic but this tactic was largely abandoned by May 1943. Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders (including auxiliary cruisers) were used to disrupt Allied shipping in the early years of the war, the most famous of these being the heavy cruisers Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismarck. However, the adoption of convoy escorts, especially in the Atlantic, greatly reduced the effectiveness of surface commerce raiders against convoys.
After the Second World War in 1945, the Kriegsmarine’s remaining ships were divided up amongst the Allied powers and were used for various purposes including minesweeping.
Made of a die struck brass material, this buckle is in EXCELLENT condition! Featuring an embossed Wehrmacht Adler/National Emblem, it still retains MUCH of its original finish! The motto, “Gott Mitt Uns” (God With Us), circles the top. Some light marks and wear throughout, but nothing that detracts. PERFECT for any collection or display!