S007571 "DER FÜHRER", EM/NCO'S CUFFTITLE. (Ärmelstreiffen)

BACKGROUND: The SS-VT, SS-Verfügungsrtruppe, Standarte III, (SS-Special Purpose Troops 3RD Regiment), was originally formed shortly after the annexation of Austria in April 1938. At the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), Nürnberg rally in September 1938 the unit was allotted the honorary title, "Der Führer" and its personnel were authorized wear of a cufftitle with Gothic styled script. In October 1939 the Standarte became a component of the newly formed SS-VT-Division (mot.), which would eventually evolve into the 2ND Panzer-Division "Das Reich". On transfer to the 2ND Panzer-Division "Das Reich" personnel of the 3RD Standarte retained the right to wear the cufftitle. Originally the cufftitle was manufactured with Gothic style script until December 1939 when the script was altered to Latin style script. The Standarte underwent three name designation, alterations during its time of service with the division receiving its final designation as 4TH SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment "Der Führer" on October 22ND 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Full length, post-December 1939 pattern, machine woven, black rayon construction cufftitle with BeVo, machine woven, Latin script, with quotation marks and an umlaut, "Der Führer", in silvery/grey cotton threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges with interwoven, vertically stitched, silvery/grey threads. The cufftitle has the typical "salt & pepper" patterned reverse with folded over, machine stitched, ends. One of the folded over ends has the machine woven manufacturers trade name, "Bevo-Wuppertal", also in silvery/grey cotton threads indicating manufacture by Bandfabrik Ewald Vorsteher in Wuppertal. The cufftitle is in overall excellent, unissued condition with minimal age toning.

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $2,450.00

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