Waffen-SS Personal Staff RF-SS (Press & War Economy) Trade Insignia


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Estimated market value:

$275 USD

  • Waffen-SS Personal Staff RF-SS (Press & War Economy) Trade Insignia Obverse
  • Waffen-SS Personal Staff RF-SS (Press & War Economy) Trade Insignia Reverse

Estimated market value:

$275 USD


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The Waffen-SS adopted career & trade badges to distinguish personnel who had successfully completed SS-affiliated training courses and had reached a certain level of proficiency in a trade, skill, or function.

Originally, the Waffen-SS issued circular army-pattern badges, but they later developed their own diamond shaped badge.The diamonds were worn on the lower left uniform sleeve, around 3.5 cms above the cuff title.

Initially, all ranks were issued badges that were manufactured out of black wool and embroidered with aluminium wire. However, after the introduction of the field-grey uniform, it was determined that the badges produced using aluminium wire were only to be worn by Officers with their walking-out dress.

Non-Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Men were instead issued badges embroidered with silver/grey cotton thread. Officer grades would also wear these badges with their field uniforms.

Until February of 1936, the badges were supplied by the RZM, but after this date, they were issued by the qualifying body.

In November of 1941, Heinrich Himmler created a specialist group that was tasked with performing administrative, legal, and technical duties. These specialists, designated SS-Sonderführer/Sonderunterführer, were each assigned a specific task or assignment. In June of 1942, the position titles were changed from SS-Sonderführer/Sonderunterführer to SS-Fachführer/SS-Fachunterführer.

The personnel of this unit could be assigned with one of nine assignments, and as of February 1943, there were nine different badges to denote the duty/function of the wearer.

Individuals assigned to Gruppe Presse und Kriegswirtschaft (Press & War Economy Group) of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler’s Personal Staff wore a sleeve diamond embroidered with an SS style eagle clasping an encircled swastika in its talons.

The Personal Staff of the Reichsführer-SS (Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS) was an office established in 1933 to coordinate the activities and projects of Heinrich Himmler.


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