Tapestry of the -Totenkopf “Oberbayern”
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DESCRIPTION: Here we offer a splendid tapestry that commemorates the SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 1 “Oberbayern,” which was formed from SS-Sturmbann Oberbayern in Dachau in 1937. During that year’s Reichsparteitag, it received its Deutschland Erwache standard. The skull (“Totenkopf”) is the reminder that you shall always be willing to put yourself at stake for the life of the whole community. Use of the “Totenkopf” as a military emblem began under Frederick the Great in the 1730s, who formed a regiment of Hussar cavalry in the Prussian Army. Outstanding notables who wore the “Totenkopf” symbol were August von Mackensen, Crown Prince August Wilhelm, and Heinrich Himmler. Two Sturmbanne of this unit entered the Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) before the rest of the troops to support the Freikorps Henlein and prepare for the German occupation. It was used for “police duties” during the invasion of Poland behind the lines of the 10. Armee between Upper Silesia and the Vistula-Oder Offensive. These duties consisted of hunting down the remaining Polish soldiers and partisans. Most of the “Oberbayern” unit was used to create the “SS-Totenkopf” (3rd SS-Panzer Division “Totenkopf,” an elite division of the Waffen-SS) and the remaining were used to form the SS-Totenkopf-Rekreuten-Standarte. Famous commanders of these units were SS-Oberführer Theodor Eicke, SS-Standartenführer Otto Augustini, and SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Simon. Manpower in April 1938, was only 3,335. The insignia in the cuff title was the text “Oberbayern” and was authorized for this unit and was in use until September 1938, when it was replaced by a cuff title with the “Totenkopf” symbol (the same symbol was displayed on the collar tab). Our tapestry traces the same exact lines and design as the cuff title. This magnificent tapestry is BIG measuring 178cm x 137 cm. The cotton weave is excellent with two different textures for outstanding depth and dimension giving it this impressive appearance. It is washable in cold water. All four sides are lined with fringe in black and white colours. Wherever you place it, on a wall or used as a bedspread, this super tapestry will be a brilliant focal point to your collection.
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