S011082 POLIZEI "Schutztruppe" SLEEVE BADGE.
WW2 era (1930's) Police Sleeve Patch for former members of the Schutztruppe with Photograph of patch being worn. A shield-shaped cotton patch bearing the logo of the Southern Cross constellation on the symbol of the Imperial Schutztruppe. Uniform worn and removed from atunic. Accompanied by a rare studio portrait of a German policeman wearing the patch on his lower left sleeve in accordance with regulations. After World War I, Germany's colonies were seized by the European powers as part of the punitive measures of the VersaillesTreaty, but Germany kept alive the memory of its overseas possessions and the men who served in them in veterans organizations such as the Kolonial Kriegerbund and civil groups like the Deutsche Kolonial Gesellschaft which had chapters in most major cities. In the 1930's these groups became more political in nature, as the Nazi government sought to use the former colonies as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Britain and France. Badge measures 55mm x 40mm and the photo 13cm x 8cm. Scarce patch and rare photo.
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $359.00
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