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Danish Frontfighteremblem w/Swords
Old 10-13-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default Danish Frontfighteremblem w/Swords

Not strictly Waffen SS, but almost only awarded to danish Waffen SS troops.

This emblem was created by the DNSAP, the danish nazi party.

In the autumn of 1942, theses were awarded first to the Freikorps Danmark by the danish nazi representative Ejnar Jørgensen in Mitau after finishing the units first tour in action.

In the soldbuch this "decoration" was listed as "dänisches Frontkämpferabzeichen DNSAP mit Schwertern"

It also existed as a"Frontfighter Honouryemblem with Swords" this time a little bigger surrounded with Oakleaves. Needles to say both are today very rare and tend fetch high prices when found.

Heres my example, although battered by time. Enjoy!
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Old 10-13-2004, 03:09 PM   #2
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Backside

size is aprox. 2 cm x1,8 cm
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Old 10-13-2004, 11:27 PM   #3
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Hallo Jens,

Very interesting, I'd never seen one of these before. I'm guessing it was permitted to be worn on the tunic? Left side like combat badges, etc?

Any idea what the criteria was to be awarded these, in particular the higher grade? I'm just curious if it was for acts of bravery and the like would these have been seen as competing with say EKs? Or...were they more of a long/meritorious service award?

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Old 10-14-2004, 03:02 AM   #4
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The criteria was simply as far as J know, to serve at the front. The emblem was always worn at the right side pocket .
Here is a picture of Anton W. , a former member of 7/Germania, now serving with the Stab of Freikorps Danmark.
At his right pocket he is wearing this emblem, and NO other decorations.
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Old 10-14-2004, 03:18 AM   #5
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Here is a pic from the DNSAP Christmas Booklet of 1942 "Jul i Norden", showing some of the emblems of DNSAP. At left and right corners the above mentioned badges are shown.
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Old 10-14-2004, 03:35 AM   #6
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The Honoury emblem for Frontfighters, was mostly awarded to old members of the party and officers, now serving in the Waffen SS, danish as well as germans, the latter of course if they had been serving with a "danish" unit ( Freikorps or Rgt Danmark).
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Old 10-14-2004, 03:40 AM   #7
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Jens,

Thanks for that info, very informative! I find it a bit different that the badges were worn with the swords "pointing down" as most badges/emblems with a crossed swords motif are worn with the swords pointing up.

I'd say you're fortunate to have found a scarce badge like that, so congrats!

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Old 10-14-2004, 04:17 AM   #8
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Thanks for posting these Jens, as this was a subject I knew very little about until now


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Old 10-14-2004, 04:19 AM   #9
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Very nice Jens
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Old 10-14-2004, 06:54 AM   #10
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Thanks for the nice comments!


Here is a wellknown picture of the Swede Hans Gösta Pehrson, who served with the Freikorps Danmark in 3 company at least i 1942. Pehrson was later to be a recipent of the Ehrenblattspange.

Pehrson is here wearing the Honouryemblem for Frontfighters with Swords
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Old 10-14-2004, 08:23 AM   #11
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Nice badge...I used to have one in nicer shape and did not know what it was until I found it in a book by Littlejohn...I regreat selling it..thanks for sharing.
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Seems unusual to wear such a badge on that pocket is there some reason for this?
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Old 10-14-2004, 07:30 PM   #13
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Seems unusual to wear such a badge on that pocket is there some reason for this?
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Youre right Gary

But J have photografical evindence that this was always the case !

Even Per Sørensen, the last RGT commander of Rgt 24 Danmark was wearing it here until at least he won the DKiG.


One have to remember that later in the war it was forbidden to wear political badges by Himmlers direct order, although this certainly wasn`t followed by the troops in the field !
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Youre right Gary

But J have photografical evindence that this was always the case !
Jens,
I do not doubt that I am not questioning that I just wondered if there was a reason why, like for example was this a Danish tradition did the Danish army wear badges on this pocket?
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Old 10-14-2004, 08:19 PM   #15
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No, there wasnt that many danish badges prewar, the only one was the sportsbadge, and this was worn on the left pocket in the danish army.

But the sportsbadge have been seen worn on both pockets in the Waffen SS.


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