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The German WWII RZM numbers - The German armed forces during WWII were very particular about the consistency and quality of the badges, medals, uniforms, daggers and many other items they employed. As the size of the armed forces grew so did the need for the items listed above. The need to centralize the control of quality was pressing.

This need gave birth to the Reichszeugmeisterei organization, also known as RZM. This organization was based at the Brown house in Munich and Nazi party headquarters in Berlin.

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.

The RZM issued a number to companies so they could place it in the product they were authorized to produce. The RZM code was usually accompamied by a logo formed by the letters RZM which was contained in a circle with the letter M at the bottom.

Another organization that shares similar goals to the RZM but exercices control over a different type of products was the LDO.


This photo is an example of how the blade of an SA dagger has been marked with the RZM number. In this case the RZM indicates that the blade was manufactured by "Artur Schuttelhofer & Co, Solingen - Wald".

The reference code for blades was "M7" (M=material; 7=blade). View the Edge Weapons collection.

The following is a list of the the control number matched to the manufacturer.
RZM Number Manufacturer City
1 M7/1 Gebruder Christians,Christianswerk Solingen
2 M7/2 Emil Voos Waffenbrik Solingen
3 M7/3 Kuno Ritter Solingen-Grafrath
4 M7/4 August Muller KG Solingen-Merscheid
5 M7/5 Carl Julius Krebs Solingen
6 M7/6 H&F Lauterjung Solingen-Widdert
7 M7/7 Hermann Konejung AG, Solingen
8 M7/8 Eduard Gembruch Solingen-Grafrath
9 M7/9 Solinger Metallwarenfabrik GmBH Stoecker & Co
10 M7/10 J.A. Henckels Zwillingswerk KG Solingen
11 M7/11 E. Knecht & Co Solingen
12 M7/12 Carl Robert Kaldenbach, Waffenfabrik Max Weyersberg Solingen
13 M7/13 Artur Schuttelhofer & Co Solingen - Wald
14 M7/14 P. D. Luneschloss Solingen
15 M7/15 Carl u. Robert Linder Solingen-Weyer
16 M7/16 Justus Brenger & Co., Justinuswerk Solingen-Wald
17 M7/17 A. Werth Solingen
18 M7/18 Richard Abr. Herder Solingen
19 M7/19 Ed. Wusthof, Dreizackwerk Solingen
20 M7/20 Ernst Mandewirth Solingen
21 M7/21 Hermann Schneider Solingen
22 M7/22 Wilhelm Weltersbach Solingen
23 M7/23 Carl Halbach Solingen
24 M7/24 Reinh. Weyersberg Solingen
25 M7/25 Wilhelm Wagner Solingen-Merscheid
26 M7/h25 Jostes & Co. Solingen
27 M7/26 Jacobs & Co. , Solingen-Grafrath Carl August Meis GmbH Solingen
28 M7/27 Puma-Werk Lauterjung & Son Solingen
29 M7/28 Gustav Felix, Gloriawerk Solingen
30 M7/29 Klittermann & Moog GmbH Solingen-Haan Jacobs Jacobs & Co.
31 M7/30 Gebruder Grafrath Solingen-Widdert
32 M7/31 August Merten Ww Solingen-Grafrath
33 M7/32 Robert Muller & Sohn Solingen-Merscheid
34 M7/33 F. W. Holler Solingen
35 M7/h33 P. u. A. Duenzer Solingen
36 M7/34 C. Rud Jacobs Solingen-Grafrath
37 M7/35 Wilhelm Halbach Solingen
38 M7/36 E. u. F. Horster Solingen
39 M7/37 Robert Klaas Solingen-Ohligs
40 M7/38 Paul Seilheimer Solingen
41 M7/39 Franz Steinhoff Solingen-Wald
42 M7/40 Hartkopf & Co. Solingen
43 M7/41 Rudolf Schmidt Solingen
44 M7/42 WKC-Waffenfabrik GmbH [Weyersberg, Kirschbaum] Solingen-Wald
45 M7/43 Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen
46 M7/44 F.W. Backhaus GmbH Solingen-Ohligs
47 M7/45 Karl Bocker Solingen
48 M7/h45 Ottersbach & Co. Solingen
49 M7/46 Emil Gierling Solingen
50 M7/47 Paul Ebel Solingen
51 M7/48 Otto Simon Steinbach
52 M7/49 Friedrich Herder Abr. Sohn Solingen
53 M7/50 Gebr�der Heller, G.m.b.H. Marienthal
54 M7/51 Anton Wingen, Jr. Solingen
55 M7/52 Herbertz & Meurer, Solingen-Grafrath
56 M7/53 Nach. Gustav Weyersberg, Solingen
57 M7/54 Gottfried M�ller Rerges-Vogtei
58 M7/55 Robert Herder Solingen-Ohligs
59 M7/56 C. D. Schaaf Solingen
60 M7/57 Peter Lungstrass Solingen-Ohligs
61 M7/58 Louis Perlmann Solingen
62 M7/59 C. Lutters & Co. Solingen
63 M7/60 Gustav L. Koller Solingen
64 M7/61 Carl Tillmans Sohn KG. Solingen
65 M7/62 Friedrich Plucker Jr Solingen-Grafrath
66 M7/63 Herder & Engels Solingen-Ohligs
67 M7/64 Friedr. Geigis Solingen-Foche
68 M7/65 Karl Heidelberg Solingen
69 M7/66 Carl Eickorn Solingen
70 M7/67 Gottlieb Hammesfahr Solingen-Foche
71 M7/68 Tigerwerk Lauterjung & Co. Solingen
72 M7/69 H.A. Erbe AG. Schmalkalden
73 M7/70 David Malsch Steinbach
74 M7/71 Herm. Hahn Solingen-Wald
75 M7/72 Karl Rob. Kaldenbach Solingen-Grafrath
76 M7/73 F u. A. Helbig Steinbach
77 M7/74 Friedrich Aug. Schmitz Solingen
78 M7/75 B�ker & Co. Solingen
79 M7/76 Herbeck & Meyer Solingen-Weyer
80 M7/77 Gustav Schmeider Solingen
81 M7/78 Herm. Linder Sohn Solingen
82 M7/79 C. Bertram Reinhard & Sohn Solingen
83 M7/80 Gustav C. Spitzer Solingen
84 M7/81 Karl Tiegel Riemberg
85 M7/82 Gebr�der Born Solingen
86 M7/83 Richard Pluemacher Sohn Solingen
87 M7/84 Carl Schmidt Sohn Solingen
88 M7/85 Arthur Evertz Solingen
89 M7/86 Kuno Liemscheid & Co. Solingen auf der Hohe
90 M7/87 Malsch & Ambronn Steinbach
91 M7/88 Juliuswerk-J. Schmidt & Sohn Riemberg i. Schlesien
92 M7/89 Ernst Mandewirth Solingen
93 M7/90 Eickelnberg & Mack Solingen
94 M7/91 Carl Spitzer Malsch
95 M7/92 Peter Daniel Krebs Solingen
96 M7/93 Ewald Cleff Solingen
97 M7/94 Gebr�der Bell Solingen-Grafarth
98 M7/95 J. A. Schmidt & Sohn Solingen
99 M7/96 Drees & Sohn Solingen
100 M7/97 F Koeller & Co. Solingen-Ohligs
101 M7/98 Ernst Erich Witte Solingen
102 M7/99 Franz Weinrank Wien
103 M7/100 Franz Pils & Sobn Wien
104 M7/101 Fritz Weber Wien
105 M7/102 Franz Pils & Sohn, Steinbach am St.
106 M7/103 Josef Hack Steyr
107 M7/104 Ludwig Zeitler Wien
108 M7/105 Rudolf Wurzer, St. Christophen
109 M7/106 Georg Kerschbaumer, Steinbach an der Steyr Unknown
110 M7/107 Unknown Unknown
111 M7/108 Karl Oschmann & Co. Brotterode i. Th.
112 M7/109 Thomas Weilp�tz Solingen-H�scheid
113 M7/110 Felbeck & Pickard Solingen
114 M7/111 H. Herder Solingen
115 M7/112 Carl W�sthof-Gladiatorwerk Solingen
116 M7/113 Berndorfer Metaliwarenfabrik - Arthur Krupp AG. Berndorf
117 M7/114 Hugo Linder C. W. Sohn Solingen-Weyer
118 M7/115 Erhardt Reich Schwcina
119 M7/116 Franz Frenzel Nixdorf
120 M7/117 Julius Pilz Sohn Nixdorf
121 M7/118 Jacobs & Co. Solingen


Belt buckles were also marked with RZM code numbers. The following is a list of some of the manufacturing firms authorized to produce belt buckles under RZM (Reichszugmeisterei der NSDAP) license. The reference code for belt buckles was "M/4" (M=metal; 4=belt buckles).

View the German WWII belt buckle collection.

RZM Number Manufacturer City Comment
1 M4/1 Ferdinand Hofstatter Bonn a.R. M4/1 through M4/47 contract code numbers were issued between March 9, 1935 and December 31, 1935
2 M4/2 Martin Winter Munchen
3 M4/3 Kallenbach, Mayer & Franke Luckenwalde
4 M4/4 Gustav Emil Ficker Beierfeld
5 M4/5 Leistner & Cie. Leipzig
6 M4/6 C. u. W. Meinel-Scholar Klingenthal
7 M4/7 Hermann Sprenger Iserlohn
8 M4/8 Rudolf Wachtler & Lange Mittweida
9 M4/9 Albert Winges Trusen (Thuringen)
10 M4/10 Bernhard Haarmann Ludenscheid
11 M4/11 August Enders AG Ludenscheid
12 M4/12 Mathias Kutsch Attendorn (MK)
13 M4/13 Paul Schuhmacher Ludenscheid
14 M4/14 Otto Fechler Bernsbach
15 M4/15 Paul Meybauer Berlin SW68
16 M4/16 Robert Tummler D�beln
17 M4/17 Ernst Meissner Holenlimburg
18 M4/18 Julius Bauer S�hne Zella-Mehlis
19 M4/19 Ernst Schneider Ludenscheid (ESL)
20 M4/20 Hillenbrand & Br�er Ludenscheid
21 M4/21 Hans Sch�nfelder Mitweide
22 M4/22 Christian Theodor Dicke Ludenscheid (CTD; CTH)
23 M4/23 Dr. Franke & Cie KG Ludenscheid
24 M4/24 Friedrich Linden Ludenscheid (FLL)
25 M4/25 Noelle & Heuck KG Ludenscheid (N&H)
26 M4/26 Offenberg-Engels Iserlohn
27 M4/27 Overhoff & Cie Ludenscheid (O &C; OCL)
28 M4/28 Paulmann & Crone Ludenscheid (PC)
29 M4/29 K. Fr. Brahm Furth
30 M4/30 Berg & Nolte AG Ludenscheid (B&N L)
31 M4/31 Max Haufe Grossr�hrsdorf
32 M4/32 Gerbruder Hahne Ludenscheid
33 M4/33 J.D. von Hagen GmbH Iserlohn
34 M4/34 Heinrich Nordwall Dransfeld & Co Menden
35 M4/35 Moeller & Schr�der Offenbach a.M.
36 M4/36 Ludenscheid Knopffabrik von Hofe & Co GmbH Ludenscheid
37 M4/37 Stefan Merkl Nurnberg
38 M4/38 Richard Sieper & S�hne Ludenscheid (R.S&S.)
39 M4/39 F. W. Assmann & S�hne Ludenscheid (A;A&S)
40 M4/40 Giesse & Schmidt Ruhla (Thuringen)
41 M4/41 Schmal & Schultz Wuppertal-Barmen
42 M4/42 Hermann Aurich Dresden A16 (H.A.)
43 M4/43 H.A. Erbe Schmalkalden
44 M4/44 Paul Cramer & Cie Ludenscheid
45 M4/45 Cramer & Dornbach Ludenscheid
46 M4/46 Wilhelm Schroder & Cie Ludenscheid
47 M4/47 Ebberg & Co Ludenscheid
48 M4/48 P.C. Turck Wwe Ludenscheid M4/48 through M4/64 contract code numbers were issued between January 1, 1936 and December 1936
49 M4/49 Steinhauer & Luck Ludenscheid
50 M4/50 Willy Thuy Ludenscheid
51 M4/51 Horner & Dittermann Wuppertal-Barmen
52 M4/52 Linden und Funke GmbH Iserlohn
53 M4/53 Zieh-Press-u. Stanzwerk Zwintschona bei Halle
54 M4/54 Willy Annetsberger Munchen
55 M4/55 Julius Kremp Ludenscheid
56 M4/56 Friedrich Keller Oberstein a.d. Nahe
57 M4/57 Julius Maurer Oberstein a.d. Nahe
58 M4/58 Wilhelm Deus Solingen
59 M4/59 Adolf Baumeister Ludenscheid (Ad.B.L.)
60 M4/60 Gustav Brehmer Markneukirchen (GB)
61 M4/61 Julius Dinnebier Nachf. Ludenscheid
62 M4/62 Arld Heinrich Nurnberg Ost
63 M4/63 Werner Redo Saarlautern
64 M4/64 Otto Geiger Ludenscheid
65 M4/65 Georg Bonitz Schwarzenberg M4/65 through M4/79 contract code numbers were issued between January 1, 1937 and December 31, 1937
66 M4/66 Stimming u. Venzlaff Altenburg
67 M4/67 Emil Juttner Ludenscheid
68 M4/68 Norddeutsches Nickel u. Silberwaren GmbH Hamburg 39
69 M4/69 Meyer & Wilhelm Stuttgart
70 M4/70 Kugel & Fink Ludenscheid
71 M4/71 Lehmann & Wundenberg Hannover
72 M4/72 Wilhelm Deumer Ludenscheid
73 M4/73 Lohmann & Welschehold Meinerzhagen
74 M4/74 Wilhelm Geiger GmbH Ludenscheid
75 M4/75 Walter Demmer Ludenscheid
76 M4/76 Petz & Koch Unterreichenenbach
77 M4/77 Gebruder Gloerfeld Ludenscheid
78 M4/78 F. K. Volgelsang & Cie Ludenscheid
79 M4/79 Hillenbrand & Broer Ludenscheid
80 M4/80 Lind & Meyer Oberstein a.d. Nahe
81 M4/81 Inhaber Frau Johanna Kaukal Wien M4/81 through M4/106 were contract code numbers issued manufacturing firms located in the newly acquired Austrian territory. The numbers, to include M4/80, were issued January 1, 1938 and December 1938
82 M4/82 List & Hertl Wien
83 M4/83 (Unknown) (Unknown)
84 M4/84 Grossman & Co Mahrisch-Trubau
85 M4/85 Fr. Bibus & Sohn Mahrisch-Trubau
86 M4/86 Heubach & Co Oberstein
87 M4/87 Matth. Salcher & Sohne AG Wagstadt (Sudetenland)
88 M4/88 Augustin Hieke Tyussa bei Bodenbach
89 M4/89 Reichelmann & Co Tellnitz bei Aussig
90 M4/90 Ad. Grohmann & Sohn Wurbenthal (Sudetenland)
91 M4/91 (Unknown) (Unknown)
92 M4/92 Heinrich Ulbrichts Witwe Wien XIII
93 M4/93 Lenkwerk Bruder Schneider AG Wien VI
94 M4/93 J. Hammer & Sohne Geringswalde (after Jan '39)
95 M4/94 Raimond Moser Wien VII
96 M4/95 Frankz Weinrank Wien VI
97 M4/96 Hans Pacher Wien XVIII
98 M4/97 Friedrich Ort Wien VI
99 M4/98 Frankz Petzl Wien VI
100 M4/99 Franke & Sohn Heidenreichstein
101 M4/100 Rudolf Meschiga Wien VIII
102 M4/101 Dominik Schonbaumsfeld's Sohn Wien I
103 M4/102 William Prym Wien III
104 M4/103 Rudolf Schanes Wien XIII
105 M4/104 Phil. Turks Wwe. Wien XVI/2
106 M4/105 Argentor Werke Wien VII
107 M4/106 Maria Schenkl Wien XVI
108 M4/107 Franke & Feif Stuttgart M4/107 through M4/121 (the latter unknown) contract code numbers were issued between 1939 and 1944
109 M4/108 Adalb. Kanngeisser Wien
110 M4/109 Rud. und Karl Kraus Solingen
111 M4/110 Josef Feix Sohne Gablonz (JFS)
112 M4/111 (Unknown) (Unknown)
113 M4/112 (Unknown) (Unknown)
114 M4/113 (Unknown) (Unknown)
115 M4/114 Otto Honsel Werdohl
116 M4/115 Klein & Quenzer AG Oberstein
117 M4/116 Camill Bergmann & Co Gablonz (Sudetenland)
118 M4/117 W. Aurich Leipe
119 M4/118 Werner Redo Saarlautern (reissue)
120 M4/119 Eugen Schmiedhausler Pforzheim
121 M4/120 Karl Hensler Metallwarenfabrik Pforzheim
122 M4/121 (Unknown) (Unknown) Since the first production licenses were issued on March 9, 1935, no buckles released prior to that time would bear the RZM M4/ code. This would account for the number of SA, German Youth and Hitler Youth buckles without RZM marks.


The following manufacturers produced belt buckles, but were not licensed by the RZM

### Manufacturer
1 Gebruder Baumgartner
2 Berkemeyer & Cie
3 Berlin SW 15
4 J. Deutschbein
5 Robert C. Dold
6 Dresden
7 Euskirchen
8 Frankfurt/Main
9 Goch/Rheinland
10 Gottlieb & Sohne
11 ARG GumbH
12 Hamburg
13 Hermann Koller
14 Konigsberg
15 Bad Kudowa I. Sch.
16 Mannheim
17 Menden
18 Josef Mold
19 Mulheim/Ruhr (B&C)
20 Nowa
21 Oberstein (L.G.S.)
22 Offenburg (RODO)
23 Pforzheim (HK)
24 L. Regensburgs
25 Schmolle & Co.
26 Springer & Co.
27 H. Tietz
28 Wiedmann

RZM Number Manufacturer City
1 M2/139 George Wetzel Not recorded
2 M2/168 Fritz Balke Not recorded
3 M2/169 Gebruder Tueckmantel Not recorded
4 M2/170 E. Steineshoff & Sohne Not recorded
5 M2/171 Gottfried Reuter Not recorded
6 M2/172 Gebruder Knoth Not recorded
7 M2/173 Karl Peters Jr. Not recorded
8 M2/174 Wilhelm Otto Not recorded
9 M2/175 Willy Goeddertz Not recorded
10 M2/176 Rudy u. Karl Kraus Not recorded
11 M2/177 Luettgens & Engels Not recorded
12 M2/178 Oskar Jenish Not recorded
13 M2/179 Peter Prass Not recorded
14 M2/180 Karl Muller Not recorded
15 M2/181 Bremshey & Co. Not recorded
16 M2/182 Robert Hartmann Not recorded
17 M2/183 Julius Kirschner & Sohn Not recorded

RZM Number Manufacturer City
1 M/121 Troost-Wolf AG. Munchen Not recorded
2 M/122 Josef Wolf Waffenfabrik Not recorded
3 M/124 Karl Wolf Waffenfabrik Not recorded
4 M/126 Wolf & Sohn (Wilhelm Wolf d. j.) Not recorded

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