Waffen-SS 'Landstorm Nederland' Division Collar Tab
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The 34th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division ‘Landstorm Nederland’ was formed by upgrading the SS Volunteer Grenadier-Brigade ‘Landstorm Nederland’ to a division in February of 1945.
The SS Volunteer Grenadier-Brigade was raised in 1943 and its members were primarily Dutch volunteers. The brigade was officered by German Waffen-SS personnel.
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.
The division’s first collar tab featured a flaming grenade. The emblem was first used by the 'Landwacht Niederlande', the precursor to the Landstorm. The grenade may be embroidered or composed of metal.
The division was later issued a collar tab with a "Wolfsangel" (historic wolf trap), which was the symbol of the Dutch fascist movement.
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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