Joe T, The holster itself looks real enough. It's the SS marking that is spurious. The SS history was such that it's procurement of military gear was second to the Whermacht with a few exceptions.Several Divisions were motorized and equipped much better than Whermacht Divisions. This means they got what they could after the German Army got theirs and made do with what they could capture. If you look at a photo history of the SS you see many inferior weapons, captured weapons etc. Of the many thousands of Luger and other holsters I have observed I have never seen an authentic SS marking on Leather holsters. If this was standard practice we would see many of these as there were a million SS men on active duty at one time. As it is we don't, because it was not standard practice to mark Luger holsters in this way.
SS runes, death's heads,Eagles, all sorts of insignia were prevalent and prolific on SS Soldiers uniforms, Standarts,flags, vehicles etc but not on Luger holsters.
the ss regardless of what you think of them were as a whole were very fine troops, who tried to stop communism are so that is what they belived.and any thing that can be linked to them is highly collectible ie all the forgerys and expensive.
Vlim, when I used to visit Valkenswaard, my frequent host, G Van Nee, used to tell me of the German occupation. He was none too fond of the Germans and cautioned me to speak English first when in the Netherlands and then German, only if the Dutchman could not understand English. Your comparison to the Taliban is good. One could include the treasonous bitch Jane Fonda and her friend Kerry as examples of traitors during time of war.
Big Ron, The Waffen SS in PART were honorable troops. There are several if not many cases where SS troops machine gunned both British and American Troops that had been captured by the hundreds. There were also the Einsatzgruppen SS who followed the Waffen SS and they were instrumental in killing thousands if not millions of civilians,Jews, women and children following the advance into Poland , Russia and the Baltics as well as many other European countries.
It is true these Soldiers were fanitically anti-Communist and took their orders from Hitler but they also saw themselves as above any law. Many Liebstandartes were heoric in battle but were highly indoctrinated politically causing them to see many of the people they came into contact with as sub human and treating them accordingly. Not by any stretch of the imagination did the SS act as, the American Army would, according to the Geneva Convention. Jerry Burney
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