Original German WWII Osttürkischer Waffen-Verband der SS Cufftitle
Original Item: Only One Available. Dachau made green, white and black embroidery, inscribed "Osttürkischer Waffen-Verband der SS" in white on a green field, with black and white trim along the two lateral edges, 1 1/8 inch x 17 inches. Overall condition is excellent, with the exception of a 3 inch spit in the center of the band. It has been backed with clear fabric tape to prevent further loss. This tape can be easily removed.
The Osttürkischer Waffen-Verband der SS was formed in 1944 as 1. Ostmuselmanisches SS-Regiment with the support of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, with the intention of expanding it to a division, Muselmanischen SS-Division Neu-Turkistan. The men came from the Turkic units in the Heer that had been disbanded (450th, 480th and I/94 Turkic Battalions), prisoners of war and men working in Germany. It was transferred to Belorussia in February 1944, where it trained and was used for anti-partisan missions.
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