BACKGROUND: In March of 1933, the DLV, "Deutscher Luftsport Verband" (German Air-sport Association), was established by incorporating all civilian flying clubs into the one organization. It utilized its status as a civilian organization to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, which prohibited a German military air service, and effectively trained personnel for the future Luftwaffe. In February and April of 1934, the DLV introduced a dagger for officers and a knife for all other ranks. Shortly after the unveiling of the Luftwaffe, in March of 1935, a modified version of the DLV’s officers’ dagger was adopted for wear by Luftwaffe officers and EM/NCOs who held a valid pilots’ license. In July of 1937, a second pattern Luftwaffe dagger was introduced for wear by officers, senior officer candidates and officials with the equivalent officers’ ranks, and the first pattern dagger was discontinued. Additional regulations of March and August of 1940 extended wear of the second pattern dagger to senior NCOs, senior reserve NCOs and officials with the equivalent NCOs’ ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A cast aluminum pommel, in the form of a compressed sphere with a doubly-stepped collar at its base. A plain, vertical band runs along either side of the sphere, terminating in a "button" to its top. The obverse and reverse feature, against their pebbled backgrounds, a wreath of oak leaves enclosing a doubly encircled, mobile swastika. To the interior of the stepped collar may be seen the threaded depression where it screwed unto the top of the blade tang. Shows the expected age and use.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $89.00

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