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Hitler-Jugend, abbreviated HJ, was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. It existed from 1922 to 1945. The HJ was the second oldest paramilitary Nazi group, founded one year after its adult counterpart, the Sturmabteilung (the SA).

The item featured here is a Hitler Youth proficiency patch. Black color with a silver logo and lettering. An arrow pointing to the right is displayed. About mid-point of the arrow a swastika is present.

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

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

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  1. FAQ's
  2. Anatomy of a German Cloth Insignia
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. Construction materials
  6. Clothing tags
  7. Perspective view
  8. Purchasing a WWII German Uniform

The patch retains the manufacturer's paper tag. It is glued to the back of the patch. White background with red logos and lettering. It shows the RZM and Hitler Youth logos. A serial number has been stamped with dark blue ink.

Cloth insignia is currently being 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 uniform. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the uniform.

If you have an interest is seeing other uniforms of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Cloth Insignia identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), political, police and other cloth insignia.


Values for WWII german patches and other military antiques and collectibles are 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.
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Mar 23rd, 2017
German cloth insignia came in a large variety and make great collectibles. The item featured here is relatively hard to find. In general its appreciation has been good. It is expected that this value trend will continue.

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