Friday, 12 June 2009

'Rare Nazi badge discovered...'

'A rare Nazi badge which bears an unsettling similarity to the three lions on the English football shirt is to be auctioned.

At first glance, the patch of embroidered white thread on a dark background, looks like it could be straight from a merchandise stall promoting the feats of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

But the 2in badge, to be sold later this month, belonged on the tunic of soldiers in the British SS Freikorps Brigade, a little-known elite unit in Hitler's army.

There would have only been 30 of the patches made and this one comes from a uniform which has since been destroyed.

The Nazi unit who wore them, which is shrouded in mystery, is thought to have been formed in January 1944.

Members had been recruited from a variety of sources and were formally accepted into the Waffen-SS. Those in the brigade were given German uniforms bearing the Union Flag shield and the badge bearing the famous three lions.'



FilmNoir23 said...

Great find! The article is quite fascinating too actually. So much hidden about how wide spread Nazism reached around the globe before and even during the war.

Glasgow Greensmoke said...

Nazi's Nazi's everywhere and not a drop to drink!

Hey Ben, did you see the story yesterday about president B.A. Barakas, his wife Michelle and their lovely children being invited as a Birthday treat to the Harry Potter film set and one of the Daughters being given her Birthday dinner in the old hall at Hogwarts?

aferrismoon said...

I see its being auctioned in Shropshire , where live a few members of the League of St.George. It was [ or still is] quite influential in that part of the world- Shrewsbury, Ludlow.