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L016777 SECOND PATTERN, OFFICER'S DAGGER POMMEL. (Knauf für Offizierdolch)
BACKGROUND: In March 1933 the DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), was established by incorporating all civilian flying clubs into the one organization. The DLV was utilized as a camouflage civilian organization to train personnel for the future Luftwaffe. As a civilian organization it was able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, which prohibited a German military air service. In February and April 1934 respectively the DLV introduced a dagger for Officers and a knife for all other ranks. Later in 1934 members of the Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), the secret military branch of the DLV, adopted both sidearms for wear. Shortly after the unveiling of the Luftwaffe in March 1935 a modified version of the DLV’s Officer’s dagger was adopted for wear by Luftwaffe Officer’s and EM/NCO’s personnel who held a valid pilots licence. On July 15TH 1937 a second pattern Luftwaffe dagger was introduced for wear by Officers, Senior Officer Candidates and Officials with the equivalent of Officers ranks and the first pattern dagger was discontinued. Of Note: Regulations of December 23RD 1944 indicated that officers ranks were to wear a pistol in place of the dagger. The removable pommel was an integral component of the Officer’s dagger.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The roughly, 35mm tall, 35mm wide, silver and gilt washed, cast aluminum alloy construction, second pattern, orb shaped pommel has a roughly, 25mm diameter, stepped, bottom "neck", with a recess screw threaded port to the interior, designed to screw the pommel onto the tang of the blade. Both the obverse and reverse of the pommel have a smooth background field with an embossed oak-leaf and acorn pattern, encompassing a dual encircled, gilt washed, canted swastika. The sides of the pommel have an embossed, smooth finished, stripe with a central, circular panel to the top center. The pommel has no visible manufacturer’s markings.
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