SS Proficiency rune in silver
SS Proficiency rune in silver. Sun swastika in silver with black enamel Sig runes. Comes with all the correct makers named and code to the reverse. Wide pin. A stunning item. It was also know as the Germanic Proficiency rune
Germanische Leitungsrune. It was eligible to Germanic peoples who completed Police duties in there native country. eg Holland, Denmark etc. It was issued in two classes, Silver and Bronze and was awarded depending on the results of members tests. these included Rope climbing, running swimming etc. This is a reproduction of an extremely rare badge with fewer than 200 produced with only 10 know examples to have survived.
The Schutzstaffel (SS)
The Schutzstaffel (SS) were the elite guard of the Third Reich. Formed in 1925 as a small bodyguard to protect Hitler. It remained in this capacity until Heinrich Himmler took charge in 1929. Under his jurisdiction it grew to an enormous organisation co-opting national police forces, Security, intelligence and business. Eventually the SS developed is own branch of the Wehrmacht, the Waffen SS (armed SS). So from the beginning members were chosen for their physical and mental ability and also there character. Entry was from 21 years of age followed by 18 months probationary period. The SS eventually reflected Himmlers esoteric interests and encompassed quasi religious ceremonies and beliefs. From 1945 it was classed as a criminal organisation.