Attention! Buckles can be without maker's stamps. The manufacturer changes stamps on the buckles from batch to batch. The absence of stamps is not a reason for discount or flaw! If you need a buckle with stamps, mention it in the order, we will choose the stamped for you (if it is in stock).
The buckle is made of aluminum. The buckle depicts the coat of arms of the Third Reich (eagle with a swastika in its claws, head to the right) in a wreath of oak leaves and with the motto Gott Mit Uns (God with us). 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, cast, made as a whole thing with the buckle and can not be broken.
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.
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.
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.
Aluminum buckles were produced from the 1930s to 1940, then they were made of steel. However, alu buckles were supplied to the army until their stock was complitely exhausted. Aluminum buckles were more common at the front until 1942.
The brand-new aluminium buckles were painted in a dull (white tint) shade of feldgrau, i. e. pale-green or light grey-green. The paint quickly came off the front surface, so the buckle almost always have a metallic luster in photos of those times.
As a rule, leather pull-tab was sewn to the buckle. It bore the manufacturer's marking and, often, the abbreviated name of the unit where the soldier served. The pull-tab was to hold the equipment when the belt was took off, to prevent the equipment from sliding off the belt under its own weight. The aluminum buckle can be used without the pull-tab, the belt + buckle set is ready for wearing. However, this is not true historically.