Original German WWII HJ Steel Knife Belt Buckle by Wilhelm Schröder & Co. - RZM M4/46

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII German HJ silvered steel Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß). It is embossed with the HJ motto Blut und Ehre (Blood and Honor). The buckle is of 1940 pattern, with die stamped steel construction, which looks to have been zinc plated and then coated with aluminized paint. It shows wear on the front through the paint, but the plating still looks to be intact, with minimal corrosion. It is marked on the back with the RZM logo and maker code M4 / 46, for Wilhelm Schröder & Co. of Lüdenscheid.

A very good example of a steel HJ Knife Belt buckle, ready to display!

AH believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The HJ (AH Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of NSDAP ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (AH 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 swas 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 HJ 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 swas. The upper scabbard fitting portrayed an open-winged HJ eagle with swas cut into the bird's chest. The blade was etched with the HJ motto, Blut und Ehre

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