N044178 ORG TODT EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: "Organization Todt" was established in June of 1938 when the Inspector General for Roads, Dr. Fritz Todt, was tasked with the construction of the "West Wall" (also known as the "Siegfried Line"). Under army planning and supervision, the experienced civil engineers and workers provided by civilian contractors to the organization would also make significant contributions in constructing submarine pens, the "Atlantic Wall," and roads, bridges, buildings and field fortifications within Germany and the occupied territories. After the outbreak of war, uniforms and rank insignia were provided, first as a series of armbands, then arm chevrons and shoulder straps, and, finally, arm chevrons and collar patches. Over a million personnel were employed by the OT by May of 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die stamped, steel construction, box belt buckle with a matte silver/grey finish. The buckle features a smooth, outer field with a high relief, embossed eagle with cross shovels and a sword overtop a section of the west wall defence line. (Similar in design to the West Wall Medal). The central motif is surrounded by a dual circle with a double spray of oak leaves. The buckle retains almost all of its original matte silver/grey paint. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse. The reverse has the brazed buckle catch, the prong bar and the prongs all intact.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $850.00

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