BACKGROUND: The 17.SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen", was one of the final Waffen-SS division to be formed, consisting of mainly German personnel, to reach full divisional strength. Establishment of the division began in October 1943 in Thouars France and a cufftitle was authorized for wear but wasn’t issued until April 1944 at an official ceremony allotting the honor title, "Götz von Berlichingen". Of Note: Götz von Berlichingen was a mediaeval German Knight who lived from 1480 to 1562. Von Berlichingen participated in many battles of his time and during the siege of Landshut in 1505 he had his right hand shot off, to be replace with an iron fist. The 17.SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division adopted von Berlichingen’s iron fist as their tactical symbol. Also of Note: The 17.SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was the only SS division to serve exclusively on the Western front. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 31mm tall, 47cm long, machine woven black rayon construction cufftitle with BeVo machine woven Latin script, "Götz von Berlichingen" in silvery/grey cotton threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges with interwoven, vertically stitched, silvery/grey cotton threads. The cufftitle has the typical "salt & pepper" pattern reverse with folded over machine stitched ends. One of the folded over ends of the cufftitle has the machine woven trade name, "Bevo-Wuppertal", also in silvery/grey cotton threads indicating manufacture by Bandfabrik Ewald Vorsteher of Wuppertal. The cufftitle is in overall excellent, unissued condition.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,500.00

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