S022879 MOUNTAIN TROOP'S COMMEMORATIVE WALL BANNER.

BACKGROUND: During WWII the German army fielded nine Mountain Divisions with an additional six Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS), Mountain Divisions. Generally speaking the Mountain Divisions were specially trained and equipped Infantry Divisions. On October 1ST 1943 Waffen-SS personnel serving with Mountain troop units were authorized wear of the traditional Edelweiss as an identifying insignia. The Edelweiss insignia was issued in two forms with one designed for wear on the left side of the Bergmütze, (Mountain cap), and another design for wear on the upper right sleeve of the greatcoat and tunic. The design of these badges closely followed the pattern of the earlier introduced, (May 2ND 1939), army Edelweiss badges. Of Note: The only differences between the army and the SS Edelweiss sleeve badges was the coloration and the army style Edelweiss had a simulated mountaineers rope with piton as opposed to the SS straight oval ring border.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 18cm x 27cm green cotton banner with white border and silver wire fringe. Center has a large, 9cm x 13cm, hand embroidered SS Mountain Troop badge with the word "NORD" to the bottom. Complete with original hanging rope. Attributed it to SS-Gruppenfuhrer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Karl Demelhuber, as a gift from his men as the Commander of 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord". Ex David Delich Collection.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,190.00

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