Waffen-SS Ukrainian Volunteer Arm Shield
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Foreign volunteers serving with the Waffen-SS were divided into ethnically based formations, although oftentimes several ethnic groups or nationalities were combined into a single unit. Arm shields were used to identify the nationality of a unit's members and they often incorporated a nation’s flag or a relevant cultural or ethnic symbol.
The shields were worn on the upper or lower left sleeve, although eastern troops often wore the shields on the right sleeve.
Initially, many of the shields were produced locally but the manufacturing process was later standardised by the RZM. All officially produced shields were machine-embroidered and the majority were produced by the firm Tröltsch & Hanselmann, Berlin.
There are often numerous versions or patterns of a sleeve shield.
The majority of Ukrainians served in the 14. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS (Galizische Nr. 1). Members of the division wore an arm shield with the Galician Lion and three crowns.
The division later became part of the Ukrainian Liberation Army, which had its own arm shield. However, many members of this army continued to wear the Galician arm shield, regardless.
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