L012278 OFFICER'S DAGGER HANGERS. (Dolchgehänge)

BACKGROUND: In March 1933 the 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 Officer’s and a knife for all ranks. Later in 1934 members of the Fliegerschaft, the secret military branch of the DLV, adopted both side arms 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 license. These first pattern daggers, which incorporated an integral hanger, were utilized until July 15TH 1937 when a second pattern Luftwaffe dagger was introduced. With the introduction of the second pattern dagger new, corresponding, dagger hangers were also established.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Luftwaffe Officer’s dagger hangers consisting of two, machine woven, Luftwaffe blue/grey rayon straps with a central, waffle pattern weave flanked by fine, parallel, vertical, silver/aluminum edges stripes. Alloy fittings.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $159.00 (Or Best Offer)

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