You are bidding on a n EXCELLENT and 100% ORIGINAL WW2 German Waffen SS Steel EM/NCO Belt Buckle!
Military belts and buckles date back hundreds of years, and were originally designed for attaching swords and daggers. On January 24, 1936 a new pattern EM/NCO’s belt buckle was officially introduced to replace the previously worn Weimar Reichswehr era, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), belt buckle. The basic design of the Reichswehr buckle was retained with the addition of the new Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), style national eagle. This pattern buckle was worn through-out the Third Reich period with minor manufacturing variations and different colored finishes. The colored finish was determined by regulations depending on what form of uniform it was to be worn with. Tabs which were designed to help support the ammunition pouches and prevent slippage but regulations in 1942 discontinued the tabs to preserve leather although the directive was not completely adhered to
Made of a stamped steel construction, this 1940 pattern buckle is in VERY NICE used condition! Retaining some of the original paint and finish, there is some slight dirt and very minor traces of wear, but it could easily be cleaned up if needed. Maker marks indicate “155/43” (Assmann), with a date of 1943. Brought back by a US Serviceman, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!