Any war memorabilia enthusiasts?

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  1. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Not today Galvatron!

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    If this isn't allowed, I'm sorry.

    But google fails me. I've been searching and all I could find is that this is a cap badge with 3 prongs. I've found what silver ones mean, ones with years and Rank letters. But mine is bronze and barren on the back.

    My grandfather was a navy medic and a soldier gave this to his as thanks for helping him.

    So anyone know what the rank or meaning is? History buffs out there? Anyone? Bueller, Bueller?
     

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    That's the Reichsadler: the coat of arms of Nazi Germany. A lot of WWII German military personnel wore that thing on their caps, especially SS troops.
     
  3. ILoveDinobot

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    Haha, when you said SS, I thought you meant Super Soldier XD. Had to look that up. So bronze was just a non ranking foot soldier or something?
     
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    That's not too far off the mark, seeing as the SS thought of themselves as Aryan supermen. :p 

    I'm not sure if different versions were produced for different ranks, although it's certainly possible (other armies have similar practices). Admittedly, I'm more a Pacific Theater enthusiast than a European Theater one.
     
  5. ILoveDinobot

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    Ah alright, well thank you for your input :) .
     
  6. lars573

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    It's not a rank insignia at all. It's the thing that goes in a cap. German rank insignia was (and still is) based on pips on increasingly fancy shoulder boards.

    It'll help more if you see one in-situ. Like this Waffen SS cap:
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  7. ILoveDinobot

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    Thanks, I know it was from the cap, but I don't get why I can only find silver ones when the one I have is bronze. That's why I thought rank might be a factor.
     
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    Could be from a General level officers cap. Of it's from a service branch that uses brass coloured cap badges.
     
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    Were they made from actual silver? Some other metal could explain the bronze discoloration.


    I always find WWII stuff really neat.
     
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    Wow, thanks!

    Found it! Belonged to a general. So cool!
     

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