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WWII GERMAN ARMY OFFICER'S SWORD Under the Treaty of Versailles, the Reichswehr was only allowed 100,000 men split between the Army and the Navy. Following the 1932 German elections the Nazi party came to power and began to abrogate the treaty. The Army was made part of the Wehrmacht in May 1935 with the passing of the "Law for the Reconstruction of the National Defence Forces".

The Wehrmacht included not just the Army and Navy but also a third branch known as the Luftwaffe. Initially, the Army was expanded to 21 divisional-sized units and smaller formations. Between 1935 and 1945 this force grew to consist of hundreds of divisions and thousands of smaller supporting units. Between 1939 and 1945 close to 16 million served in the Army.

The officers of the army were allowed to carry swords for ceremonial purposes and to enhance the appearance of their uniforms. Swords are a symbol of pride and status.

The design of the sword consists of a handle formed of a combination of black plastic and gold colored metal. Complemented via the use of a D type handguard. Part of the cross guard makes up the "D" handguard while the other side extends outwardly and curves onto itself.

The sword comes with a black metal scabbard. Slim and simple design. The tip extends and tapers into a flat area. A single suspension ring is attached to one side.

The sides of the crossguard have a section that extends downward in the direction of the scabbard. The front displays an army eagle. The wings are spreas and follow approximatelly half the length of the crossgiard. Very nice plumeage. The head of the eagle faces left. Following traditional design, the eagle is clutching a wreath with a swastika in the center.

The background of the eagle is heavily adorned by a series of lines and designs. The composition of the handle and crossguard are heavily adorned.

The back of the crossguard has the same extension. However, its design is fairly plain.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for German bayonets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my German bayonet worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the Nazi bayonets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the police sword in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The blade bears the logo of the manufacturer. It is placed at the base of the blade. The extension protruding from the handguard makes it very difficult to see the logo. The sample shown here is manufactured by Horster from Solingen.

The black plastic section of the handle is wire wrapped. However, it is coming undone.

Many German edge weapons are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German daggers and Swords identification guide, Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.


The value for WWII German daggers and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Value $220.00 $250.00 $280.00 $300.00 $320.00 $350.00 $400.00 $425.00 $450.00 $470.00 $500.00 $525.00 $550.00
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May 17th, 2017
Germany produced a large variety of swords for various branches of the military and for. The high quality construction and beautiful designs have made them great collectibles. The item featured here is getting hard to find. In general its appreciation has been good. It is expected that this trend will continue over the next few years,

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