Original German WWII Rare Unissued Tropical Afrikakorps DAK Web Belt with Steel Buckle by H. Arld dated 1941
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very rare totally genuine excellent unissued condition WWII Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) tropical waist belt with correct EM/NCO's Steel Painted Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß). Unissued originals such as this example are very hard to come by.
The buckle is die-stamped steel (magnetic), with an olive drab finish. The front of the buckle is embossed with Wehrmacht eagle and motto GOTT MIT UNS (God With Us). Virtually all of the original paint remains on both sides of the buckle, with just a few scratches from service. The inside of the buckle is marked faintly with H.A. / 1941 for H. Arld of Nürnberg, Germany. The buckle has a leather tab which is marked with the same information:
* H. ARLD *
The DAK tan colored web belt has a brown leather tab with the usual seven double vertically holes for length adjustment. The green end stitching is fully intact, and the belt measures 32 1/2 inches in overall length. It also is marked with size 85 (cm), which is about 33.4 inches, so it may have shrunk a tad. The webbing is in almost unissued condition, with no staining, tears, etc.
Overall a fantastic example of a very rare belt and buckle from the Deutsches Afrikakorps, DAK!
History of the German Africa Corps
The Afrika Korps or German Africa Corps (German: Deutsches Afrikakorps, DAK) was the German expeditionary force in Africa during the North African Campaign of World War II. First sent as a holding force to shore up the Italian defense of their African colonies, the formation fought on in Africa, under various appellations, from March 1941 until its surrender in May 1943. The unit's best known commander was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
The dry climate of Africa proved to be an issue with much of the standard leather field gear that the German Army usually used. It would dry out and crack quickly, and become unusable. To deal with this, the standard field gear such as belts, Y-straps, A-frames, bayonet frogs, and other items, were issued in special tropical web versions.
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