BADGE OF THE GERMAN REGIMENT (CROAT ARMY) WW II
Aluminum, die stamped slightly vaulted badge measuring 60mm, lacquered swastika in the center. Unmarked, but known to be made by Zagreb?s "Bra?a Knaus". In good very fine condition. Very scarce. Here is some additional info regarding this badge: with the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia in 1941 German minority in Croatia (Apx.180,000) enjoyed considerable influence on the Croat political and military leadership. As a result local Croatian Germans were allowed to form a distinctive German-speaking Regiment made up entirely of Germans. Officially, these units were an integral part of the "Croat Home Army" (Domobrans). First such unit was the 1st company of the 16th Regiment, established in Ruma in 1941. Colonel Johann Strecher was commander. In 1942, company was expanded into the 1st Jager Regiment. This trend continued and three more Regiments were established during 1942. Members of the Regiments wore Croat Army uniforms, only distinction being this, so called "German Badge" worn sewn onto upper part of the left sleeve. With establishment of the SS Division PRINZ EUGEN in 1943 most of the men were transferred from these locally called "German Regiments" into new SS Division. Illustration taken from the book "JAHREBUCH DER DEUTCHEN VOLKSGRUPPE IN KROATIEN". Also, Illustrated in D. Littlejohn?s "Foreign Legion of The Third Reich", V.3, p. 232; and "Barac/Pogacic, Croatian Awards" p.90.