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Original WW II German Collectibles

Spanning from 1939 to 1945, World War II was one of the most brutal conflicts in human history. The Third Reich, led by Adolf Hitler, rampaged across Europe until it was finally defeated by Allied forces in 1945. A vast amount of World War II memorabilia from Nazi Germany can be found for sale to history and military enthusiasts who like to collect them.

What Nazi memorabilia from World War II is available?

There are numerous types of German militaria available from World War II. A variety of items of Nazi memorabilia are commonly sold and traded. Some of the following items, and more, are plentiful, while others are harder to find.

  • Photographs: Prints that dramatically show the events of World War II, featuring the German Wehrmacht (army), Kriegsmarine (navy), and Luftwaffe (air force) are often depicted. Most available images are reproductions of photos taken by German and Nazi military photographers during the war. They may have been edited or cleaned up in some fashion. Alternatively, vintage photographs – or original prints – are sometimes available, but can be harder to find. Those include actual prints that were developed during the war using the technology that was available at the time. These items may show their age, but many collectors feel they are worth buying for their authenticity.
  • Military equipment: While firearms cannot be shipped directly, non-functional firearms can be found for sale. The stock and frames of the K98 and other famed original German rifles can be bought. In addition, accessories like the MG42 dual-purpose barrel carrier are available. Unlike the rifles, vintage knives like the standard-issue Wehrmacht K98 bayonet are functional weapons. Other equipment includes Luger gun stock holsters, Nazi uniforms, and the characteristic M35 helmets. The well-known Iron Cross medal that was awarded for valor and heroism during World War II is another notable find.
  • Propaganda, flags, and booklets: Nazi Germany produced copious amounts of propaganda, flags, and booklets during World War II. They were fond of deluging the public with these items in order to strengthen the NSDAP (Nazi Party). These antiques range from the well-known swastika-emblazoned red flags to the ominous pamphlets of the Waffen-SS.
How can German and Nazi military memorabilia be authenticated?

If you’re seeking authentic Nazi militaria, keep in mind that these items will show some wear. Documents, pictures, or equipment that seem too clean and crisp are probably fake. Attention should also be paid to the historical accuracy of items. For instance, take a close look at an item like an Iron Cross medallion. All Iron Cross medals from World War II have a swastika engraved in the middle. If you come across one that isn’t swastika-emblazoned, it’s either fake or not from World War II. Paying attention to the small details as well as the overall quality will help you get authentic militaria.

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