Original German WWII Hitler Youth Knife Belt with Aluminum Buckle Marked RZM M4/27
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII German Hitler Youth cast aluminum Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß). It is embossed with the HJ motto Blut und Ehre (Blood and Honor). The buckle is in near excellent condition which is surprising, as the aluminum used to manufacture these they typically don’t stand up well to the elements. Other than some wear in the middle of the logo, the silvered finish is almost completely intact. It is marked on the back with RZM and maker code M4 / 27, for Overhoff & Cie. of Lüdenscheid.
The thick dark brown leather belt is in very good condition, and does not have any major cracking or wear. It measures 34” when fully extended, and does not have any extra holes or other modifications added.
Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of Nazi ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization. The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed minor exams. The knives had nickeled hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia. Through 1937, these knives were etched with the motto of the organization, Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!). Examples produced after this date were made with plain blades usually bearing an RZM marking.
The Hitler Youth Leaders were professionals in charge of the training and NSDAP education of the German Youth. They wore a special dagger consisting of silvered hilt fittings with blue-black leather-covered scabbard. The grip was composed of tightly wrapped silver wire, over a wood base. The pommel cap featured an HJ diamond on top, complete with swastika. The upper scabbard fitting portrayed an open-winged Hitler Youth eagle with swastika cut into the bird's chest. The blade was etched with the Hitler Youth motto, Blut und Ehre
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