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This section provides several photographs of various manufacturer's of military equipment. The companies represented here manufactured edge weapons, badges and awards.

RZM NUMBERS

The RZM ensured that the manufacturers of military items were consistent in design, quality of materials and other characteristics of the items. It also defined standards of design, manufacturing and quality and published an authoritative color chart for textiles.

LDO AND LIEFERANT NUMBERS

As the years went by, the number of military and civilian organizations requiring badges and awards incremented dramatically. The need to develop a standard to bring production under control arose.

GERMAN WWII PARATROOPER (FALLSCHIRM-JAGER)
The German paratrooper, their techniques and strategies helped revolutionize and shape modern warfare. German paratrooper items are highly sought after making the artifacts very expensive and hard to find.

Paratrooper forces began as part of the Army. However, these units did not see combat. Once the war started, the paratrooper units became a part of the Luftwaffe and saw extensive combat.

The collector must also be aware that reproductions of German paratrooper items are very abundant so extra care should be taken when acquiring paratrooper items. This section provides and identification and price guide for the equipment, uniforms and awards employed by the German paratrooper forces.


  1. View the German WWII Paratrooper collection.

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    Welcome to the German WWII Military identification and pricing reference guide. This page is sponsored by MilitaryItems.com in an effort to provide the current and future militaria collector with free information.

    The field of military antiques and collectibles is growing. Some people get involved in the field out of their passion for historical items. Other individuals happen to come across military antiques by pure chance. sometimes items are purchased at yard sales, flea markets, etc. Other times a person may inherit militaria from a relative.

    Regardless of its point of origin, this website can provide you with information that will help you identify the items, and in many cases, find the value of the item.

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    IDENTIFYING REPLICAS

    This section provides tips on how to identify fake badges and awards of the Third Reich. The guide offers very detailed photographs of the replicas to point out the areas where the differences between the fakes and the real thing exist. In many cases pictures of the fake and the original item are provided for comparison purposes.

    THE ME-109

    The Me109 was one of Hitler's most successful airplanes. This section provides several photographs that show how the plane was designed, built and used. The photographs show a great deal of detail.

    POST WWII ITEMS
    After the defeat of the German Army, the country was divided in two. One side was governed by the allied forces (West Germany) while the other side belonged to the Russians (East Germany). All of the uniforms, medals and awards of the armed forces were redesigned but the general patterns remained intact and bare a similarity to the WWII era style and materials.



    With the fall of the Berlin wall, many of the military items of the East German army have become available. This section of the website feature artifacts from both areas of the country.

    GERMAN WWI (IMPERIAL) COLLECTIBLES
    The German military machine had a prominent role during WWI. Many of the uniforms, equipment and awards from the "Great war" had a definite influence in the development of WWII items.

    This page provides an Identification and Price Guide for the military artifacts that were employed by Germany during WWI.

    1. Helmets, buckles, swords, bayonets and other miscellaneous German Imperial items.


    1. German Imperial Medals, ribbons and awards collection.
    PICKELHAUBE HELMETS
    The Pickelhaube was a spiked helmet worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by German military, firefighters, and police. Although typically associated with the Prussian army, the helmet enjoyed wide use among uniformed occupations in the Western world


    Click here to view the collection of Pickelhaube helmet.

    GERMAN WWII MILITARY REFERENCE
    The military badges of the Third Reich provide one of the most interesting aspects of military collecting. At the same time it presents one of the biggest challenges because these items are heavily reproduced. The purpose of this section of the web site is to provide the collector with reference information about the badges and awards via the use of highly detailed photographs.


    1. WWII German badges and awards collection.


    THE IRON CROSS
    The Iron Cross is one of the most iconic awards of WWII. Instituted by Hitler on September 1st 1939. The design was virtually the same as the WWI version with the exception of the use of a Swastika.

    1. View the WWII German 1st Class Iron Cross collection


    THE WAR MERIT CROSS
    The War Merit Cross was instituted by Adolf Hitler in 1939. It was awarded to civialian and military personnel alike.

    1. WWII German War Merit Cross collection


    MILITARY MEDALS AND RIBBONS
    The armed forces developed a series of medals to recognize the achievement of the soldiers and volunteers. Ribbons were also created and awarded.

    1. View the Medals and Medal Ribbons collection

    HITLER YOUTH COLLECTIBLES
    Early in the days of Nazi Germany, Hitler saw the usefulness of indoctrinating kids into the cause of the Third Reich. An organization called The Hitler Youth was born. This group was tasked with training kids physically and politacally. Making the transition into the armed forces much easier.

    In the last days of Germany, Hitler Youth kids were among the last line of defense against the invading Russian forces.

    This section of the website provides a Hitler Youth collectibles Identification and Price guide.


    1. WWII German Hitler Youth collection.
    GERMAN WWII BELT BUCKLE PRICE GUIDE
    The third reich employed a wide variety of belt buckles. Political, military, police, government and paramilitary organizations had specific types of belt buckles issued to them.

    This section of the website is dedicated to providing information about belt buckles.

    1. View the Belt and Belt Buckle collection.
    WWII GERMAN HOMEFRONT & MISCELLANEOUS
    WWII marked the birth of the modern military uniforms and equipment. When one compares the items used at the begining of the war to those used towards the end, a great deal of evolution is found.

    The German armed forces employed a wide array of uniforms and equipment. These items have become an ever appreciating object. This section of the web site provides an identification and price guide for German WWII collectibles and antiques.


    1. View German WWII Home Front and military collectibles .



    GERMAN VEHICLES
    The German armed forces developed a series of innovative vehicles that were used during the war. Here are some examples.

    1. View German WWII Military Vehicles collection.
    WWII GERMAN PAPERWORK
    Hitler's Germany kept tight controls over the population. One way in which this was accomplished was to issue a identification paperwork that would specify various aspects of an individual. From the type of work that they performed to the areas where they were allowd to travel.

    This section of the website is dedicated to illustrate and explain some of the paperwork that was issued. in addition, paperwork given out with awards, death cards, etc. are also studied here.


    1. View the German WWII ID Books collection.



    GERMAN BOOKS AND RELATED
    The printing presses of the Third reich worked hard to produce a series of books, postcards and general documents. Here are some examples.

    1. View the Miscellaneous Third Reich Paperwork, books, postcards, award documents and more
    GERMAN WWII NAZI PROPAGANDA
    Propaganda has always been one of the most powerful weapons during war time. Hitler mastered this art by surrounding himself with individuals who were very skilfull at the development and production of propaganda.

    This section of the website provides the visitor with an identification and price guide for Nazi propaganda posters as issued by the NSDAP.

    1. View the Nazi Propaganda collection.
    GERMAN WWII EDGE WEAPONS
    The Third Reich produced some of the most interesting edge weapons of all times. The German armed forces have a dagger or sword for just about every branch and occasion. Due to the high quality, design and rarity these blades have become very desirable and might be second only to the legendary Samurai sword.

    The following section provides an Identification and Price Guide for German WWII daggers, swords and other edge weapons.


    Additional dagger information is found here:
    1. View the edge weapons Collection
    2. NAZI Dagger collecting Basics
    3. NSKK Dagger Hilt markings
    4. Hitler Youth knife Markings
    5. SA Dagger Hilt Markings
    6. Non-RZM Manufacturer markings
    7. Dagger construction materials
    8. The History of the SA Dagger
    9. The History of the 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger


    GERMAN WWII MILITARY UNIFORMS & RELATED
    The German uniforms of WWII were of extremelly high quality. Every branch of the military had its own design and style. Even paramilitary, nazi political, forestry, and many other organizations would have a surprising array of designs. These facts contribute to the desirability and collectibility of the uniforms. This page is dedicated to the study and history of such items.


    1. View the German WWII uniforms collection.



    GERMAN CLOTH FLAGS
    The german armed forces and civilian organizations employed armbands as a way to denote rank, membership into a particular organization and overall pride.

    1. View the German WWII Armband collection.


    GERMAN CLOTH FLAGS
    One of the items that was widely employed during the Third Reich were the flags. They came in small, large and very large sizes.

    1. View the German WWII Flag and Flag Topper collection



    GERMAN CLOTH INSIGNIA
    The German armed forces and civilian organizations employed a wide array of cloth insignia to include shoulder boards, collar tabs, cuff titles, breast eagles and more.

    1. View the German WWII Cloth Insignia collection



    GERMAN HEADGEAR
    The Third Reich saw the creation of a large variety of hats. This variety has spawned a genre of collectibles that are interesting and historic.

    1. View the German WWII Hat and Hat Eagle Collection.



    GERMAN HELMETS
    One of the popular venues of militaria collecting are helmets. They came in a variety of shapes and designs depending on the organization that used them.

    1. View the WWII Helmet collection
    2. View the German WWII Helmet collection

    GERMAN WWII CIVILIAN MEDALS AND AWARDS
    The Nazi party developed a very extensive network of civilian and police organizations as part of the general support infraestructure of the armed forces. The swastika symbol was widely employed in the awards and logos of such organizations. The civilian groups played a very important role in the gathering of information and dissemination of propaganda. Also, as the war came to an end and the advancing troops closed into Berlin, the civilian organizations provided the last line of defense as they fought the incomming enemy forces.


    1. View the German WWII Civilian Awards collection.


    1. View 1914-1918 Cross of Honor collection (Hindenburg Crosses)


    GERMAN WWII STICKPINS
    Stick pins were issued to military and civilian personnel for various reasons. In the case of soldiers, stick pins were often awarded along with a full size badge, the stick pin could then be used on the dress uniform at parades and special events instead of wearing the larger award.

    The following is a German WWII Stickpin Identification and Price Guide pictorial record.


    1. View the German WWII Stick Pins collection.


    GERMAN WWII TINNIES
    Tinnies are small metal or plastic objects that were issued in commemoration of a specific event. These items were usually constructed with a pin-back which allowed it to be worn like a button. Some tinnies are of political nature while others simply celebrate events like labor day or some sort of relief effort.
    Most of the tinnies are fairly inexpensive so their reproduction is at a minimum or non-existent.


    1. View the German WWII Tinnies collection.
     
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