Waffen-SS 2nd Russian Division Trident of Vladimir Collar Tab

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    August 1944


In the summer of 1944, the personnel of the Schutzmannschaft-Brigade Siegling were organised into the 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (Russische Nr. 2). The division was virtually obliterated during the 1944 German retreat from France and many of the survivors joined the Russian Liberation Army.

In March of 1945, the division was downgraded to a brigade and the national designation was changed to 'Weissruthenische Nr. 1'. The brigade was considered unreliable in battle and was never sent back into combat.

Foreign SS volunteers were not permitted to wear SS runes and instead, they were issued collar tabs that were unique to their division. The divisional collar tab was worn on the right side of the tunic and a rank collar tab was worn on the left side.

Several collar tabs have been attributed to this division. One of the collar tabs was embroidered with the Trident of Vladimir. It is uncertain whether this version was ever issued.

The collar tabs were produced by covering parallelogram shaped pieces of buckram with black cloth. The collar tabs were then machine-embroidered with white/silver thread. Officer grade tabs may have been embroidered using aluminium wire. There are examples of Officer grade collar tabs that are piped with twisted aluminium cord.


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