~ 1930'S German 3rd Reich, Waffen SS, Prinz Eugen Field
Marshal's Pattern Sword and Tassle ~
Made by Eikhorn of Solingen and named the Prinze Eugen Field Marshals pattern sabre, it is probably one of the most collectable and desirable WW2 German swords today, that was made with the approval of the Third Reich, SS, before the 1936 period.
Silvered hilt with double eagle and swastika decor, one as a langet, the other as a pommel, with black celluloid grip, wire bound, maker marked by Carl Eikhorn who was supposedly an honorary member of the SS, and solely authorised maker of the 1936 pattern chained SS dagger.
According to Major Angolia's authoritative book of Third Reich Weapons this Prinz Eugen pattern sabre was a very popular choice with SS officers of the SS Prinz Eugen Division before the 1936 regular SS/Police pattern sword was designed.
You can see in the gallery a Third Reich period photograph of a Waffen SS officer, a hauptsturmfuhrer of the SS Prinz Eugen Division wearing his Prinz Eugen Sword that appears in Bruce Quarrie's book Weapons of the Waffen SS.
Also a photo of the guard of the SS Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler also with a pre 1936 sabre.
The blade has a single three quarter length fuller to both sides. The black celluloid grip is wire bond.
The ricasso is stamped with "Original Eickhorn Solingen" and the companies logo under the langet.
It comes with its black painted steel scabbard and its original tassel and an attached Nazi political leaders visor cap cockade.
It was a captured piece by a WW2 British Army sniper.
~ The Prinz Eugen SS Division ~
Prinz Eugen was one of the great Germanic heroes of the SS from history, so much so, that a Waffen SS Division was named in his honour, and made up of volunteers to serve in the mountain division of the SS. The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division "Prinz Eugen" (11. SS-Freiwilligen Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen") was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the German Nazi Party that served alongside but was never formally part of the Wehrmacht during World War II in Yugoslavia. Formed Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania, it fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the occupied Serbia, NDH and Montenegro. It was given the title Prinz Eugen after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an outstanding military leader of the Habsburg Empire who liberated the Banat and Belgrade from the Ottoman Empire in the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18. It was initially named the SS-Freiwilligen-Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen). In January 1944 the division was involved in more anti-Partisan actions in operation Waldrausch. In May division took part in Seventh anti-Partisan Offensive (Operation Rösselsprung) which began on 25 May 1944. This operation had the task of killing or capturing Tito, and the operation was spearheaded by the 500th SS Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon and supported by the Brandenburg Regiment.
In May June and July, the division also saw action in operations Freie Jagd, Rose and Feuerwehr. In August (12–30 August) the division was engaged in operation Rübezahl, aimed to prevent offensive of NOVJ forces from Montenegro into western Serbia. In September, the Soviet Red Army had advanced to the Balkans and the division suffered heavy casualties in defensive battles against Bulgarian, Soviet and NOVJ forces in the Nish region.
~ Condition ~
The piece is in good tidy order as per the photographs.
~ Dimensions ~
The sword is 91 cm (35.75 inches) in length and with a 78 cm (30.25 inches) blade.
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