Attention! The manufacturer changes stamps on the buckles from batch to batch. If you need a buckle with particular stamp, mention it in the order, we will choose one for you (if it is in stock).
The buckle is made of aluminum. The buckle depicts the symbol of the Hitler youth paramilitary organization (the eagle, head to the right, holding a diamond in its claws with swastika in the center); all this in a circle with the motto "Blut und Ehre" (blood and honor). The use of this motto is now restricted in Germany. The same pattern is pressed in on the reverse side, as is customary for stamped metal products. The rotary bar is made of three parts as originals and is riveted onto the buckle. The bail is massive, stamped 3-mm thick wire, solded. The design of the buckle has an unsurpassed similarity with the original, all the details are finely worked out, it is the best copy of our time.
This buckle fits a 45mm wide belt, it can be technically used with Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe belts, which are for sale in our shop.
There are simplified copies on the market, where the bar and the bail are made in another cheaper way (the bail made of a wire is on an aluminum buckle, the bar is cast by one detail). Such simplified copies are thrown money, because they do not copy but only roughly mimic the design of the original buckle. Sometimes they try to sell parade buckles instead of military ones, there the central image is on the disc fixed by small stipes or soldered. Such surrogates cannot be used in reenactment. Our buckle completely copies the original. The pattern has 100% similarity because it is a mold from the original buckle.
The buckle is sold unpainted and without leather pull-tab, as seen in the photo. You can buy the paint and pull-tab from us separately.
Steel buckles were started to produce since 1940. All the equipment parts, which earlier were made from aluminum, began steel-stamped from that year on. Aluminum buckles were more common at the front until 1942.
Buckles of paramilitary organizations repeated military buckles in construction, what can not be said about various service and political organizations. These usually differed from the "field" buckles in materials and construction design.
As a rule, leather pull-tab was sewn to the buckle. The tab is usual for steel buckles somewhere until 1942, and then it was abolished. It bore the manufacturer's marking and, sometimes, the abbreviated name of the unit where the soldier served. However, name of the unit is not typical for steel buckles (after 1940). The pull-tab was to hold the equipment if the belt was took off, to prevent the equipment from sliding off the belt under its own weight. The buckle can be used without the pull-tab, the belt + buckle set is ready for wearing.