Original WWII German Hitler Youth Knife Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified
Original WWII German Hitler Youth Knife Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified. The origins of the Hitler Jugend, (Hitler Youth), may be traced back to March 1922 with the formation of the Jugendbund der NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (Youth League of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party), under control of the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment). In April 1924 the Jugendbund der NSDAP was renamed Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung (Greater German Youth Movement), and on July 4TH 1926 the Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung was officially renamed Hitler Jugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend, (Hitler Youth League of German Worker Youth). The HJ Fahrtenmesser, (Hike/Camp knife), was introduced in early 1933 and was the first blade sidearm to be officially sanctioned by the NSDAP. Of Note: Although the HJ camp knife was the first, officially sanctioned, blade, side arm the SA dagger was the first, officially sanctioned, dagger. Originally the camp knife was intended for wear by all HJ members regardless of rank. This is a nice example of the classic early pattern Hitler Youth Knife, produced by the Solingen-based firm of Puma . These were given to boys who were educated in the paramilitary organization, which they often continued to carry into their military service. It has the HJ motto etched on the blade,Blut und Ehre (English: “Blood and Honor“) It is very worn but visible. and marked with a maker. The hilt has about 40% of the original nickel plating remaining, with some areas where the base metal is exposed. The grip plates are the black checkered variety and are in fair condition, with wear. They are retained by steel nickel plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The enamel grip insignia is very worn with some damage to the enamel. . The plating has worn in some areas. No scabbard. Nice very used example showing the expected minor age and wear overall good condition. . One of the classic desirable collector’s items from the third Reich in used but in fair but used condition. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Great U.S. Vet bring-back don’t miss it!