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ONSV4766

Original German WWII 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger by Paul Weyersberg

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This RLB EM Dagger is in very good to excellent condition throughout. The hilt mounts are the nickel-plated pot metal type. The plating is bright and intact with virtually no signs of lifting or flaking.

The pommel is in the characteristic derby shape with an equatorial band. The crossguard features a stubby-winged Art Deco-style eagle clutching a smooth wreath and swas. The quillons are decorated with cut lines and the ends are cut at 45 angles, presumably to impart a look of motion.

The grip is a fine ebony example. It retains much of the original sheen finish and is in excellent condition. The insignia is the style with a background sunburst. Some of the silvering has worn from the surfaces, revealing the copper base metal beneath. The enamel swas has a couple of hits here and there but we don't see any metal showing so the enamel remains intact.

The scabbard has wonderful, original black paint. This paint is 95% intact and other than some minor scrapes crazing is close to mint condition. Attached to the scabbard is the triangular hanger retainer wire. The hanger is attached, with a nickel clip and supple leather.One of the two leather straps has separated from the base connection. The snap clip is perfectly nickel plated and olc marked.

The blade of this dagger is beautiful and bright, retaining the original factory crossgrain. This texture is iconic, and is the definitive identifying characteristic for a real WWII German Blade. There are some runner lines but nothing unexpected. The tip of the blade remains needle-like.

This great example was made by Paul Weyersberg of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. The reverse ricasso is etched with PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co. / SOLINGEN in double ovals around the firms trademark "Sword-and-Wreath" logo, which was the only marking they used during the Third Reich era. This company was one of many in Solingen owned by members of the Weyersberg family. The company survived the war, but ceased production in 1955. For more information please see GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS by J. Anthony Carter. The original leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice Weyersberg example of the RLB dagger, always hard to find in such nice condition!

The Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB) (National Air Raid Protection League) was an organization in NSDAP Germany in charge of air raid precautions in residential areas and among smaller businesses. The RLB was organized by Hermann Göring in 1933 as a voluntary association. Existing volunteer air raid precaution associations were forced to merge with RLB. In 1939 the RLB became a Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization), while in 1944 it became an affiliated organization of the NSDAP Party. RLB was dissolved by the Allied Powers after the end of World War II. Its successor in the Federal Republic of Germany was the Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz.

The RLB was in charge of educating and training ordinary German men and women in civil defence procedures necessary for the basic level of local self-help of the civil population against air raids. The local level was formed around air raid wardens and operated in small first intervention squads. The training include fire fighting, protection against chemical weapons, communication procedures and preparation of houses and apartments against air raids.

In 1939 the RLB had about 15 million members, 820 000 volunteer functionaries (of which 280,000 women) and 75,000 local units. The membership was trained at 3,800 civil defense schools with 28,000 instructors.

- RLB was led by a Präsidium, whose president, and vice president and chief of staff, were active duty general officers of the Luftwaffe. The presidium was in itself a department immediately subordinated to the Ministry of Aviation.

- Coterminous with each Luftgaukommando (air district command) was a RLB-Gruppe (RLB-group) under a leader aided by 46 full-time staff members.

- For each Regierungsbezirk, there was a RLB-Bezirksgruppe (regional group).

- The basic organization was the RLB-Revier, one for each police precinct in the cities, or the RLB-Gemeinde-Gruppe, one for each urban or rural municipality for the rest of the country. In the case of a city with several precincts, the citywide organization was called an RLB-Ortsgruppe (local group). Several municipal groups formed an RLB-Ortskreisgruppe, one for each Landkreis. Each Ortsgruppe and Ortskreisgruppe had a leader and a staff of nine members, of which five where full-time salaried employees.

- The basic organizations had a varied number of Untergruppen (sub-groups) divided into Blocke (blocks) under Blockwarte (block wardens) which controlled and liaised with a number of Luftschutzgemeinschafte (air raid protection communities) under Luftschutzwarte (air raid wardens). Each community consisted of an apartment building or several smaller buildings, although a large apartment complex could have several communities. In addition to the warden, the community should have an assistant warden, house fire fighters, helpers and messengers as a first intervention squad. Duty in these squads were compulsory (Notdienstpflicht) for the civilian population.

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