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WWII German 1st Italian Volunteer Assault Brigade Collar Tab
Item #: WR52
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This tab was produced at the SS cloth production facility at Dachau. The black wool construction features a silvery/grey rayon thread with a small red thread accent. The unit designation collar tab is mounted on a tan buckram backing. This tab is in overall excellent condition. In August of 1929 the SS incorporated the wear of rank collar tabs on the left side of the collar of the service tunic. The SS collar tabs were originally adopted from the earlier rank collar tabs used by the SA. They remained in use through out the war with a couple of minor alterations. Originally EM/NCO's collar tabs for the ranks of SS-Schutze to SS-Hauptscharfuher inclusively were piped in twisted white cord from their original inception until 24 October, 1934 when the piping for EM/NCO's was modified to alternating twisted black and silver/aluminum cord piping. The final modification in August of 1940 eliminated all piping from the EM/NCO's collar tabs. Officer's rank collar tabs from SS-Unterstrumfuhrer to SS-Hauptstrumfuhrer utilized alternating twisted black an silver aluminum cord piping from their inception until 24 October, 1934 and siver/aluminum cord piping from October 1934 until the end of the war while the ranks of SS-Strumbannfuhrer to SS-Reichsfuhrer utilized the silver/aluminum cord piping from Auguat 1929 to may 1945. With the arrest and imprisonment of Italy's Duce benito Mussolini on 25 July, 1943, Italy immediately became embroiled in a virtual civil war between the pro and anti fascist elements within the country. On 8 September, 1943 Italy officially ended hostilities with the allies and four days later Mussolini was rescued by the Germans and set up the puppet Italian Social Republic government in northern Italy. In October and November of 1943 the Germans began to enlist pro-fascist Italians and the 1st Italian Volunteer Assault Brigade of the Armed Militia in southern Germany. I January of 1944 this brigade returned to Italy and participated in the battle of the Anzio beachhead in the spring of that year. Originally Italian personnel of the brigade wore red collar patches with a silver fasces but in recognition of their service in the battle of Anzio a black tab with a silver fasces was introduced for wear on 5 June, 1944. In September of 1944 the 1st brigade was upgraded to Divisional status and eventually evolved into the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of SS.
Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Your Price $140.00 USD

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