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GERMAN EDGE WEAPONS HILT MARKINGS


German manufacturers and organizations stamped codes in the hilt as a means to indicate several things. In some cases it would denote the district where the item was issued. In other cases it would be the unit to which the soldier belonged, etc.

This website provides a list of some of the hilt markings applied to daggers and swords during WWII. Keep in mind thath the lists are not complete. There may be more markings available that are not covered here.



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ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION
NSKK The N.S.K.K. or Nationalsozialistische Kraftfahrkorps was a German organization established as a separate formation of the SA in about 1929. It was the Motor Transportation Formation of the N.S.D.A.P. and grew from the various SA transportation battalions of the 1920's.
SA The SA was the oldest paramilitary formation of the NSDAP and made its first appearance in November 1921 at a rally in the Munich Hofbrauhaus. The SA was composed mainly from members of the various Freikorps formations. Herman Goring was the founder of the SA. His vision was to create a military unit for the NSDAP.
Hitler Youth The Hither Youth originated in concept in the early 1920's when Baldur Von Schirach, later the Reichs leader of the HJ, formed the Ruhr-Hitler-Jugend.

After 1934 the Hitler Youth became a national youth formation absorbing all other German youth groups; Scharnhorst Youth, The Pathfinders, etc. In 1938 Hitler made it mandatory that all German youth between the ages of 10 and 18 become members of the Hitler Youth.




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