Favourite Unit Insignia

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Daniel L
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Favourite Unit Insignia

Post by Daniel L » 11 Dec 2002 23:24

During the war the german units insignia became a very important part of the esprit de corps. Many units had old traditions and kept their insignia throughout the time while new units often made up their own insignia. What is your favourite unit insignia?

I use Panzerdivision Münchebergs unit insignia as an avatar and on feldgrau I use the insignia of the 3. Gebirgsjägerdivision.

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Post by Polynike » 12 Dec 2002 00:01

has to be the kampfrunne of the 2nd SS Das Reich

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Post by Dan Reinbold » 12 Dec 2002 00:09

I would second the Das Reich logo...then again I am biased!! :D

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Post by Romulus » 12 Dec 2002 01:34

I like the Estonian SS shield

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Post by David C. Clarke » 12 Dec 2002 03:06

"Muncheberg" says it best! Daniel has good taste!
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Post by Brannik » 12 Dec 2002 04:51

I have been meaning to ask what does the Das Reich kampfrunne mean?
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Post by Gareth Collins » 12 Dec 2002 05:39

It is called the Wolfsangel. The Wolfsangel or 'wolf hook' was originally a pagan device which supposedly possessed the magical power to ward off werewolves. It then became a heraldic symbol representing a wolf trap, and as such appeared, and still features, on the coat-of-arms of the city of Wolfstein. During the 15th century it was adopted as an emblem by peasants in their revolt against the mercenaries of the German princes. It was thereafter regarded as being symbolic of liberty and independance, although it was also known as the 'Zeichen der Willkür' or 'badge of wanton tyranny' during the Thirty Years' War. The Wolfsangel was an early emblem of the NSDAP, and then the symbol of Das Reich
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Source: The Allgemeine-SS, R. Lumsden & P. Hannon

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Post by Gareth Collins » 12 Dec 2002 05:52

Also, there is a varient to the Wolfsangel. Basically a squashed version or squat-version which was the badge of the WA or Weer Afdeelingen, the Dutch Nazi's Party equivalent of the SA, and was also used bt the Germanic-SS in the Netherlands. It was later adopted by the Waffen-SS Division Landstorm Nederland
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Post by Logan Hartke » 12 Dec 2002 07:20

Always liked Grossdeutchland; it has a simplistic elegance quality to it. Also, what division had the bear on on its insignia? I like that one, too.

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bear emblems

Post by Christoph Awender » 12 Dec 2002 11:21

Many, many units used the bear as a symbol. Have a look on my site for all bear emblems.

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Post by Adam the dane » 12 Dec 2002 14:54

It have to be the Freikorps Dänemark Flag symbol

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Post by tonyh » 12 Dec 2002 16:01

II JG54
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or

I JG27
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Post by Brannik » 12 Dec 2002 22:36

Mr. Collins, thank you very much for your thorough answer.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 12 Dec 2002 23:28

I think that I was thinking of the 3rd Panzer Division's, Christoph, but the 24th, 68th, and 293 infantry divisions had very similar symbols. Thanks for telling me where to look for them.

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From Christoph's site

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Post by Al Carter » 12 Dec 2002 23:38

116th Panzer Division "Windhund" and the 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf". What better way to instill fear than a Deaths Head. I also like the s.SS-Pz.Abt.501 with Oakleaves under the sheild.

Does the Muncherberg symbol look like a warning for an industrial waste site to you? Unique emblem shape. What does Muncherbergs stand for?

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