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Adolf Galland – Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot

Adolf Joseph Ferdinand Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) was a highly decorated German Luftwaffe General and “flying ace” who served throughout World War II in Europe. He flew 705 combat missions, and fought on the Western front and in Defence of the Reich. On four occasions he survived being shot down, and he was credited with 104 aerial victories, all of them against the Western Allies.

His actual dagger or daggers or sword(s) have never been seen post WW2, but he would have had at least a 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger.

His flying career did not end with the ceasing of hostilities in Europe, as he went to Argentina to become a flying instructor.

He was also a person who was not above self criticism, and he made a number of interesting military quotations including:

“It’s as if an angel is pushing you” after flying the Me-262 on 22nd May 1943.

“I would rather have one Me-262 than five Me-109’s”

“In the last months we got pilots who had fifty hours total flying time, including five hours of the operational aircraft. It’s not very much”.

“Never abandon the possibility of attack. Attack even from a position of inferiority, to disrupt the enemy’s plans”.

Common German Dagger Markings

Within the Nazi party framework there were organisations that had their respective mottoes placed on the blades of the different daggers.

It was only the “Party” political organisations that had the mottoes applied, the German Army, Airforce and Navy did not.

Alles Fur Deutschland – All for Germany – SA & NSKK Daggers

Meine Ehre heisst Treue – My Honour is Loyalty – SS Daggers

Mehr Sein Als Scheinen – Be more than you appear to be – NPEA Daggers

Arbeit Adelt – Labour Enables – RAD Daggers

Blut und Ehre – Blood and Honour – HJ Daggers

WW2 German Blade motto

Buying German Swords & German Daggers

German Naval Sword

The history of blades being manufactured in German goes back many hundreds of years to the Middle Ages. The quality of these blades can still be seen today in certain museums.

During the Third Reich period the production of arms, munitions as well as swords and daggers increased to such an extent that many thousands of staff had to be recruited into the blade making industry.

Today finding good quality and genuine items is not an easy task, but my job is to make the purchase process very simple and straight forward.

If you have an item that you may want to sell then all you have to do is send me an email info@germanswordbuyer.com with the following information:

Your Name
Your Location
Several Clear Photos of the Item(s)
A Price you would like to Receive

German Dagger RZM List

Before 1936 German blade manufacturers of both swords and daggers had their respective logos placed on their blades. The logos included a vast range of styles and types, and because they signify the early quality production era they are sought after. The change from makers logos to RZM codes was only seen on the political daggers such as the SA, NSKK, Hitler Youth and SS.
The Army, Navy and Airforce daggers were not RZM stamped, but some manufacturers at the later production stages of 1941/2 kept their blades blank.
Below is a list of know RZM codes and their respective Company name:

M7/1 Gebruder Christians, Christianswerk, Solingen
M7/2 Emil Voos Waffenfabrik, Solingen
M7/3 Kuno Ritter, Solingen-Grafrath
M7/4 August Muller KG., Solingen-Merscheid
M7/5 Carl Julius Krebs, Solingen
M7/6 H. & F. Lauterjung, Solingen
M7/7 Hermann Konejung, Solingen
M7/8 Eduard Gembruch, Solingen-Grafrath
M7/9 SMF – Solinger Metallwaffenfabrik Stoecker & Co., Solingen
M7/10 J. A. Henckels, Solingen
M7/11 E. Knecht & Co., Solingen
M7/12 WMW – Waffenfabrik Max Weyersberg, Solingen
M7/12 Carl Robert Kaldenbach (duplicate)
M7/13 Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co., Solingen-Wald
M7/14 R D. Luneschloss, Solingen
M7/15 Carl & Robert Linder, Solingen
M7/16 Justus Brenger & Co., Solingen-Wald
M7/17 A. Werth, Solingen
M7/18 Richard Abr. Herder, Solingen
M7/19 Edward Wusthof Dreizackwerk, Solingen
M7/20 Ernst Mandewirth, Solingen
M7/21 Hermann Schneider, Solingen
M7/22 Wilhelm Weltersbach, Solingen
M7/23 Carl Halbach, Solingen
M7/24 Reinhard Weyersberg, Solingen
M7/25 Wilhelm Wagner, Solingen-Merscheid
M7/25 Jostes & Co., Solingen (duplicate)
M7/26 Carl August Meis, G.m.b.H., Solingen
M7/27 Pumawerk (Lauterjung & Sohn), Solingen
M7/28 Gustav Felix, Gloriawerk, Solingen
M7/29 Klittermann & Moog G.m.b.H., Haan
M7/29 Jacobs & Co. (duplicate)
M7/30 Gebruder Grafrath, Solingen-Widden
M7/31 August Merten Mw., Solingen-Grafrath
M7/32 Robt. Muller, Solingen-Merscheid
M7/33 F W. Holler, Solingen
M7/33 P.u.A. Duenzer, Solingen (duplicate)
M7/34 Rudolf C. Jacobs, Solingen-Grafrath
M7/35 Wilhelm Halback, Solingen
M7/36 E. & F. Horster, Solingen
M7/37 Robert Klaas, Solingen-Ohligs
M7/38 Paul Seilheimer, Solingen
M7/39 Franz Steinhoff, Solingen-Wald
M7/40 Hartkopf & Co., Solingen
M7/41 Rudolf Schmidt, Solingen
M7/42 W.K.C. (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co.) Waffenfabrik, Solingen-Wald
M7/43 Paul Weyersberg & Co., Solingen
M7/44 F. W. Backhaus, Solingen-Obligs
M7/45 Karl Bocker, Solingen
M7/45 Ottersbach & Co., Solingen (duplicate)
M7/46 Emil Gierling, Solingen
M7/47 Paul Ebel, Solingen
M7/48 Otto Simon, Steinbach
M7/49 Friedrich Herder A.S., Solingen
M7/50 Gebruder Heller, G.m.b.H., Marienthal
M7/51 Anton Wingen, Jr., Solingen
M7/52 Herbertz & Meurer, Solingen-Grafrath
M7/53 Nach. Gustav Weyersberg, Solingen
M7/54 Gottfried Muller, Rerges-Vogtei
M7/55 Robert Herder, Solingen-Ohligs
M7/56 C. D. Schaaf, Solingen
M7/57 Peter Lungstrass, Solingen-Ohligs
M7/58 Louis Perlmann, Solingen
M7/59 C. Lutters & Co., Solingen
M7/60 Gustav L. Koller, Solingen
M7/61 Carl Tillmans Sohn KG., Solingen
M7/62 Friedrich Plucker Jr, Solingen-Grafrath
M7/63 Herder & Engels, Solingen-Ohligs
M7/64 Friedr. Geigis, Solingen-Foche
M7/65 Karl Heidelberg, Solingen
M7/66 Carl Eickorn, Solingen
M7/67 Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen-Foche
M7/68 Tigerwerk Lauterjung & Co., Solingen
M7/69 H.A. Erbe AG., Schmalkalden
M7/70 David Malsch, Steinbach
M7/71 Herm. Hahn, Solingen-Wald
M7/72 Karl Rob. Kaldenbach, Solingen-Grafrath
M7/73 F u. A. Helbing, Steinbach
M7/74 Friedrich Aug. Schmitz, Solingen
M7/75 Boker & Co., Solingen
M7/76 Herbeck & Meyer, Solingen-Weyer
M7/77 Gustav Schmeider, Solingen
M7/78 Herm. Linder Sohn, Solingen
M7/79 C. Bertram Reinhard & Sohn, Solingen
M7/80 Gustav C. Spitzer, Solingen
M7/81 Karl Tiegel, Riemberg
M7/82 Gebruder Born, Solingen
M7/83 Richard Pluemacher Sohn, Solingen
M7/84 Carl Schmidt Sohn, Solingen
M7/85 Arthur Evertz, Solingen
M7/86 Kuno Liemscheid & Co., Solingen auf der Hohe
M7/87 Maich & Ambrom, Steinbach
M7/88 Juliuswerk-J. Schmidt & Sohn, Riemberg i. Schlesien
M7/89 Ernst Mandewirth, Solingen
M7/90 Eickelnberg & Mack, Solingen
M7/91 Carl Spitzer, Malsch
M7/92 Peter Daniel Krebs, Solingen
M7/93 Ewald Cleff, Solingen
M7/94 Gebruder Bell, Solingen-Grafarth
M7/95 J. A. Schmidt & Sohn, Solingen
M7/96 Drees & Sohn, Solingen
M7/97 F Koeller & Co., Solingen-Ohligs
M7/98 Ernst Erich Witte, Solingen
M7/99 Franz Weinrank, Wien
M7/100 Franz Pils & Sobn, Wien
M7/101 Fritz Weber, Wien
M7/102 Franz Pils & Sohn, Steinbach am St.
M7/103 Josef Hack, Steyr (Ober-Donau)
M7/104 Ludwig Zeitler, Wien
M7/105 Rudolf Wurzer, St. Christophen
M7/106 Georg Kerschbaumer, Steinbach an der Steyr
M7/108 Karl Oschmann & Co., Brotterode i. Th.
M7/109 Thomas Weilpotz, Solingen-Huscheid
M7/110 Felbeck & Pickard, Solingen
M7/111 H. Herder, Solingen
M7/112 Carl Wusthof-Gladiatorwerk, Solingen
M7/113 Berndorfer Metaliwarenfabrik – Arthur Krupp AG., Berndorf
M7/114 Hugo Linder C. W. Sohn, Solingen-Weyer
M7/115 Erhardt Reich, Schwcina
M7/116 Franz Frenzel, Nixdorf (Sudetenland)
M7/117 Julius Pilz Sohn, Nixdorf (Sudetenland)
M7/118 Jacobs & Co., Solingen-Grafrath
M7/163 E. & A. Helbig, Steinbach
M7/183 Ernst E. Witte (Kroneck), Solingen
M7/941 Carl Eickhorn, Solingen
M7/1051 Robert Klaas, Solingen
M7/1053 P. D. Luneschloss, Solingen
M7/1164 David Malsch, Steinbach Krm.
M7/1166 Emil Voos, Solingen
M7/1197 C. Gustav Spitzer, Solingen
M7/1211 E. Pack & Sohn, Solingen
M7/1221 Carl Malsch-Spitzer, Steinbach
M7/1222 J.A. Schmidt & Sohn, Solingen

Searching for Swords/Daggers

While  travelling I always make a point of going to flea markets/antique shops in the possibility of finding a German Sword of German Dagger or even a military clock/watch of interest.

I also visit a Military Museum if I can as they can provide some interesting items to view.

After visiting a number of flea markets and antique shops without success, I did come across a German Police Bayonet on my last day of travelling. However on closer inspection it appeared to be a modern but well made reproduction.

This does prove the point that it pays to be patient, and be on your guard with the large number of reproduction swords and daggers that can catch the unwary.

List of SS/Police Sword Manufacturers

While the overall control of the Police within the Third Reich State was managed by the SS, the Police did not have any issued Nazi period daggers. However the Third Reich era Police swords were similar to their SS counterparts.

Below is a list of the main SS & Police Sword/Degen manufacturers:

  1. Puma
  2. F.W. Holler
  3. Carl Eickhorn
  4. Peter Daniel Krebs
  5. WKC
  6. Alcoso
  7. Clemen & Jung
  8. Herman Rath (Distributor)
  9. PMD
  10.   Carl Julius Krebs
  11.   Emil Voos
  12.   Arthur Evertz
  13.   Richard Herder
  14.   Robert Klass
  15.   E. Pack & Sohn
  16.   Paul Weyersberg
  17.   Anton Wingen
  18.   “Non maker marked”
WW2 German Police Officer Sword

Third Reich Police Officer Sword

WW2/Third Reich/Nazi era Police Officers Degen

List of WW2 German Sword Manufacturers

 
The main area for German/Third Reich sword and dagger production was in Solingen. Please find below a list of the main Army sword manufacturers:   

 

  1. Alcoso
  2. Clemen & Jung
  3. Eickhorn
  4. Richard Herder
  5. E&F Horster
  6. F.W. Holler
  7. Carl Julius Krebs
  8. Robert Klass
  9. P.D. Luneschloss
  10.   E. Pack
  11.   Puma
  12.   Paul Seilheimer
  13.   Tiger
  14.   Emil Voos
  15.   Weyersberg
  16.   Anton Wingen
  17.   WKC
  18.   WMW

 

WW2 Army Sword

 

WW2/Third Reich/Nazi era German Army Sword

Carl Eickhorn Field Marshal Sword Series Part 4

Carl Eickhorn was a large producer of many different types of Nazi swords and daggers.

To compete in the competitive market place certain marketing brands were developed to increase sales in the era of nationalistic pride.

Carl Eickhorn produced a range of German Army Swords called the Field Marshal Series that apart from appealing designs did have significant names attributed to the type of sword.

The Model “Derflinger” was named after a Field Marshal called Georg von Derfflinger who fought with distinction against the Swedish during the Thirty Years’ War.

Carl Eickhorn Field Marshal Sword Series Part 3

Carl Eickhorn was a large producer of many different types of Nazi swords and daggers during the Third Reich era.

To compete in the competitive market place certain marketing brands were developed to increase sales in the era of nationalistic pride.

Carl Eickhorn produced a range of German Army Swords called the Field Marshal Series that apart from appealing designs did have significant names attributed to the type of sword.

The Prinz Eugen sword is sought after because of links to SS Officers purchasing this type, along with Army Officers.

Prinz Eugen is the shortened name for Prince Eugene of Savoy a very successful military commander in modern European history, his allegiance being to the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy.

Carl Eickhorn Field Marshal Sword Series Part 2

Carl Eickhorn was a large producer of many different types of Nazi swords and daggers during the Third Reich era.

To compete in the competitive market place certain marketing brands were developed to increase sales in the era of nationalistic pride.

Carl Eickhorn produced a range of German Army Swords called the Field Marshall Series that apart from appealing designs did have significant names attributed to the type of sword.

The Derfflinger was named after Georg von Derfflinger who was a field marshal in the army of Brandenburg-Prussia during and after the Thirty Years War that ended in 1648.

WW2 German Army Derfflinger Model Sword

WW2 German Army Derfflinger Model Sword