The constitution of the Wiemar republic forbade the wehrmacht from holding political office or membership in political parties.
The german party system was a little more like the UK one - it wasn't just a tick on your ballot there. The concern, I believe, was that a high ranking member of a party could influence his troops to join it en masse.
don't worry about accedentally selling it to a nazi mark. the gun store i do business at sells 3rd reich stuff and the owner has said to many customers, including me, "ain't no damn nazi faggo klan fucker can afford none of this ****."
with an upcomming expense i don't think i'll be able to buy it off of you once it's appraised, ask moose for details, he knows.
Since when are we talking about the Weimar republic here?
Originally Posted by JohnnyCache
I'd like to see information about Luftwaffe members not being allowed to be NSDAP members after 1933... Other army parts were allowed? On what ground?
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Umm... this is supposed to be about me getting this sold to avoid having to live outdoors and forage for food.....
After perusing the few books I have left, I still think its a Luftwaffe dagger. There's an informal description of both models here:
That might help you determine yourself if it is. Luftwaffe daggers are currently running on the open market (as far as I've seen so far) for 500 -1500 dollars depending on the condition. Yours appears to have an ivory handle which means it probably belonged to a higher status officer as such things were optional and out of pocket AFAIK.
Some sites can appraise the weapon for a nominal fee, typically 25 - 50 bucks, though I don't know how accurate they can be from pictures. I would still advise finding a local expert to ensure it's not a post-war replica.
Oh, and sorry about the derail.........wasn't intentional.
EDIT: Would you be able to provide a higher detail image of the cross on the blade just above the date? I've not seen that before. Also, the writing appears to say "Salingen" with a single line through the first letter. Am I reading that correctly?
Last edited by ShaolinKungPao; 7/10/2009 11:47am at .
Originally Posted by Tonuzaba
wikipedia, 1st page google search
Politics of the Wehrmacht
Due to the constitution of the Weimar Republic no soldier of the Reichswehr was either allowed to become a member of a political party or to vote in an election because there was a strict separation between politics and the armed forces. The same applied later to the Wehrmacht. Most of its leadership was politically conservative but after Adolf Hitler gained power he had promised to rebuild Germany's military strength and thus some officers became invigorated towards the National Socialist movement. In addition, many soldiers had previously been in the Hitler Youth and Reichsarbeitsdienst and had thus been subjected to intensive Nazi indoctrination; as a result, many newly-commissioned officers were committed Nazis. In general, the Luftwaffe was heavily Nazi-influenced
This a side note, not being a member of a political party or allowed to vote does not mean not having sympathies for, or a belief in its values.
Here is a link to a pic. http://arms2armor.com/Knives/naziluf2.htm
Originally Posted by Mtripp
Get it appraised by a professional appraiser. Authenticate first. Otherwise any buyer, even if they believe it to be genuine will pay a small percentage of actual value. Then they will get it appraised and sell it for retail.
Take the small amount of time (hours maybe) to get the extra money.
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Originally Posted by Mtripp
That appears to be the manufacturer's stamp, though I don't know whose it is. Is there anything stamped onto the other side of the blade?
What SKP said, close up bigger pictures. please
Originally Posted by ShaolinKungPao