party membership badges
Shown above is an ordinary membership badge with white swastika outlined in
gilt on red background.
In the middle is the so-called "Frontfighter" badge with gilted swords
worn by former front-line fighters from the collection of Soren Nielsen .
The last item is the very rare Badge of Honor with gilt wreath and swords also worn by
former front-line fighters from the collection of Soren Nielsen.
Schalburg Corps was the branch of the Germanic SS. Named after
Christian Frederik von Schalburg, commander of the Freikorps Danmark
who was KIA. The Danish Germanic SS was formed on 2nd February,
1943. On 30 March, 1943 the Danish Germanic corps was renamed
"Schalburg Korps" (Schalburg Corps). Members who not had any
Eastern Front combat experience had to go through a six week political
indoctrination and combat training.
Since its formation the corps
was divided into two groups. Group one was uniformed and could
bear arms while Group 2 was a civilian formation at the disposal
of the corps but who are prevented from carrying on their work
in Group One. According to a Danish source August 1943, the Schalburg
Corp was assigned to the SS and was trained for combat. Members
of the Corps were used as a Guard Battalion to protect railroads
and crossroads from sabotage.
The battalion was renamed "SS Vagt-Btl.
Sjaelland" (SS Guard Battalion Zealand). The Schalburg Corps was
disbanded on 28 February 1945. For more information on the Schalburg
Corps recommend reading the excellent book by Hugh Page Taylor,
Germanische SS 1940-45.
The Schalburg Cuff Band
The Schalburg is machine woven BeVo style.
The obverse and reverse has off-white woven wording and borders
on black rayon material. The Schalburg cuff band was
worn by Staff, NCO School, Guard Co and Landstormen of the
The Schalburg Cross
The date the "Schalburgkors" (Schalburg Cross) was instituted is unknown, It could be later than 1943, otherwise picture(s) of them being worn would have surfaced.
The cross was manufactured by the Danish firm Heimbürger in Copenhagen.
There were two classes issued one for officers and NCOs and the other for enlisted. Both crosses were die struck and measure 50mm x 50mm.
Enlisted men wore a cross painted in off-white color with golden outer edges. The cross has a medallion in the center,
which is soldered to the cross. The medallion has the golden inscription
"TROSKAB. VOR. AERE" (LOYALTY. OUR. HONOR) and golden oak leaves
below. In the inner ring is a white mobile swastika
with an opaque red paint in the background.
The officers cross has the same
colors but was made of enameled with the cross being white. The
red paint in the medallion was substituted by opaque red enameled and the oak
leaves are gilded.
The reverse on both crosses is flat with
a semi scoop shape in the center and a single long golden pin
attached on the top of the cross. On the enamelled badges about
5 to 6 decorations are known in Denmark.
The cross was awarded to Schalburg
members for recognition of service against the Danish Resistance
and for those serving or killed in action in the Eastern Front.
It has been recorded once that a cross was awarded to a Schalburg Corps member KIA probably from the Resistance. the Schalburg Cross
was supposed to be worn on the left breast pocket of their
uniform. According to military historians lots of the unissued crosses were found by the resistance in the Schalburg corps HQ during the liberation in May 1945 and kept as souvenirs - stories go around that they were thrown from the resistance movements lorries to the crowds in the streets of Copenhagen in May 1945 after the liberation.
There are many reproductions some have
different colors in the center of the medallion or have German
style hinge, catch and pin.
Wound Document to Danish SS Volunteer
Black Wound Document was awarded to a Danish Volunteer in the
SS Pz-Gren Danmark Rgt. The Document shows the unit citation and
signed by SS Obersturmbannführer Albrecht Krugel who was the regiment
commander from 9 April 1944 to 16 March 1945. The Document is
part of Soren Nielsen's collection.
Wound Award Doc.
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