were used at the barracks of the elite division of the Leibstandarte
SS Adolf Hitler.
SUMMARY: OFFERED HERE IS AN
AUTHENTIC ARTIFACT DIRECTLY RELATED TO HITLER'S PERSONAL BODYGUARD
AND ONE OF THE GRETEST FIGHTING UNITS IN HISTORY. PRICE: $10,000.00
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This dramatic plaque was one
of several that were found recently in Germany in what was a
basement or bunker of the former barracks of the elite division
of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. After the
war this complex was the barracks known as the Andrew's Barracks
of the U.S. Army. According to another US militaria dealer, these
plaques were discovered in the sixties when a clean-up crew opened
several passages under the barracks where they found unused building
material that had been stored there under the auspices of the
SS Central Command.(There were SS bills of lading found with
the material and inside some crates). Inside some of the crates
were both aluminum and bronze plaques like the one being offered.
A 1981 phototgraph that appeared in Der Freiwillige, the
magazine for veterans
of the Waffen SS, revealed that these plaques were used as wall
mounts and as external decorations at the SS barracks.The plaques
were used to decorate spaces over doors, passageways, emblematic
posts and mess halls. See the PHOTO from DerFreiwillige,
July-August 1981(TO THE RIGHT).
Eventally these plaques made
their way into into the collector market. It is not known how
many of these plaques exist but the bonze iteration is less common
and more desireable than the aluminum version.The size of these
great historical items is 24 ½ inches X 16 inches. The
bronze plaque weighs approximately 50 pounds. The eagle depicted
above the soldier became at
some point the
official logo of the LAH. The
shape of the helmets on the men and the odd shape of the SS runes
are rendered in such a way as to look 100 percent natural when
viewed by a person looking up at the plaque.We have experimented
with this and its completely true! Both the helmet and runes
look exactly as the should when viewed looking upward.
The Leibstandarte SS Adolf
Hitler (German for "Adolf Hitler's Bodyguard Regiment")
was a unit of the SS. It was a Waffen SS security and combat
formation which saw action on both the Eastern and Western fronts
during World War
II. As its name suggested, the Leibstandarte started life in
the early days of the NSDAP as Hitler's personal, elite bodyguard.
As the Waffen SS increased in size throughout the 1930s and into
the war years, so the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler evolved into
a full-sized panzer division, a detachment of which was
always close to Hitler. It went from being guards or
"asphalt soldiers" to being one of the most famous
military units in the history of modern warfare. The unit saw
action in many of the famous battles of the second world war
and distinguished itself for ferocity of its fighting and valor.
This relic is an authentic and
rare artifact dating directly to one of the most famous fighting
units in the German army.