BladesKnivesWW2 Third Reich Luftwaffe Transport And Glider Squadron Glider Pilot’s Set and
~ WW2 Third Reich Luftwaffe Transport And Glider Squadron Glider Pilot’s Set and Box ~
The set Comprises of two proficiency badges and the Glider’s Dagger. These are some of the rarest Luftwaffe artefacts.
The badges are the “Luftwaffe Transport And Glider Squadron” and the “Glider Pilot's Badge”.
The Transport and glider squadron badge is named “Uffz Hermann Graff” and it is also stamped “GB”
The Pilot’s badge is named “Oberfeldwebel Hermann Graf” and stamped with the manufacturer’s mark “B & N L”.
The scabbard of the dagger is marked “Oberfeldwebel Hermann Graff D.L.V.”.
All these markings indicate that Graff started as a Sergeant of the glider squadron and climbed the ranks to be a Flight Sergeant.
He would’ve commissioned the dagger as soon as he got the rank.
The dagger is made of chromed steel with a blue leather grip and blue leather sheet.
The guard bears the swastika on both sides and the blade is stamped with the manufacturer’s trade mark “Einckhorn”.
The three pieces come with a period wooden box.
~ Luftwaffe Transport And Glider Squadron ~
This badge was awarded to the flying crew of the transport gliders.
~ Glider Pilot's Badge ~
The Glider Pilot's Badge (German: Segelflugzeugführerabzeichen) was a German military decoration that was awarded during World War II to military pilot's who were members of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) after they completed their glider training. Honorably discharged personnel who met the requirements could also be awarded the badge. A citation was issued with the awarded badge.
The badge was compromised of a silvered oak leaves wreath with a swastika at the base.
An eagle is riveted to the wreath by two tiny round rivet, the eagles' wings are widely spanned with its legs bent close to the body. The claws are detailed and hand finished, and the ridges are burnished.
The badge was approved in 1940 and first issued in 1942.
~ Dimensions ~
The Pilot's Badge has a height of 2.3 inches (5.9 cm) & width of 2.2 inches (5.5 cm).
It weighs 26 g.
The Transport badge is 7.7 cm wide and 2.5 cm tall. It weighs 30 g.
The dagger’s blade is 17.5 cm long and the overall length of it is 30 cm.
The overall length of the dagger is 43 cm.
It weighs 315 grams.
~ Condition ~
The Pilot’s badge lost most of its gilding and one of the eagle’s wings has dethatched from the laurel frame.
The transport badge remains in perfect condition with age wear on it.
The blue leather remains in good condition with minimal wear as is the dagger itself.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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