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The NSDAP had a youth movement as early as 1922. The Hitler Youth came into existance in 1926. The first leader of the organization was Adolf Lenk. Membership consisted of small groups. Once Hitler rose to power in 1933 the number of members increased significantly. A second boost was received in 1934 when all sports and youth organizations became a part of the Hitler Youth. By 1939 the approximate number of members grew to 9 million.

Membership into the organization was voluntary until 1939. At this point 17 year old kids were required to join the Hitler Youth. In 1941 service became compulsory for all youths, male and female age 10 and older.

Every member of the Hitler Youth recieved a knife. These were utilitarian blades that were meant for use and not just for display. This explains why it is so difficult to find a Hitler Youth knife in good condition today.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII Hitler Youth items. 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 Hitler Youth collectible worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the badges and awards is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German badges in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. Identifying reproductions
  2. RZM manufacturing codes
  3. LDO manufacturing codes
  4. Construction materials
  5. Pins, hinges and other
  6. Perspective view
  7. Purchasing a WWII German badge

The design of the knife consists of a rounded pommel. The grips are black plastic with a tight checkered pattern. One side displays an enamel diamond with a swastika in the center. One of the grips on this example is broken near the top.

The crossguard has a single rounded arm. The blade is of single edge. one side of the blade has the motto "Blut Und Ehre". The other side has the double logo. RZM M7/9 with a date of 1937. The second logo is SMF from Solingen.

The scabbard is black metal with a leather strap riveted to the back. The front shows the rivet near the throat.

This belt buckle 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 badge. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.

If you have an interest is seeing other Hitler Youth items, you can do so by going to our WWII Hitler Youth Collectibles identification guide.


The value for WWII German Hitler Youth items 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.

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Apr 11th, 2017
The Hitler Youth had a large variety of items 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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