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Totenkopf Honor Rings

189THR7 -Totenkopfring of Oberstgruppenfuhrer Sepp Dietrich dated 24.XII.1933. One of two Waffen SS recipients of the Diamonds to the Knights Cross. The second being Obergruppenfuhrer Herbert Gille commander of the 5th Waffen SS Division Wiking. Dietrich was one of four SS Generals to hold the rank of Oberstgruppenfuhrer. Sepp Dietrich born May 28, 1892, served in World War I rising to the rank of sergeant. Following WWI Dietrich joined the Sturmabteilung and NSDAP # 89015 in 1923 and participated in the famous Beer Hall Putsch. In 1928 Dietrich joined the SS having the SS no. 1,117 and served as commander of Adolf Hitler's personal bodyguard. It has been speculated that Dietrich was personally responsible for overseeing the execution of Ernst Rohm during the Knight of the Long Knives on June 30, 1934. The Liebstandarte SS Adolf Hitler was founded in September 1933. From its inception Sepp Dietrich commanded LAH until May 1945. Expanded to division strength the 1st Waffen SS Panzer Division was considered the premier division of the Waffen SS first seeing combat during the invasion of Poland followed by Operation Bararossa ( Russia) in June 1941. Leibstandarte also participated in the Kharkov and Kursk operations. Throughout most of the war LSSAH saw action mainly on the Eastern Front during which time Dietrich remained mainly independent of the influence of Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler due to his close association with Adolf Hitler. In mid-1944 LAH was transferred to the Western Front and subsequently engaged in the Battle of the Bulge December 1944. Oberstgruppenfuhrer Dietrich was tried at Nurnburg in 1946 for war crimes and spent ten years in American captivity. Sepp Dietrich was immensely popular with his subordinate commanders and troops so much so that when he died on April 21,1966 (the same year as his fellow Waffen SS Diamonds winner Herbert Gille) his funeral was one of the most well-attended of all Third Reich commanders. This ring comes with a Don Boyle Certificate of Authenticity.

Robert Groz was born in 1921 from a pastry chef in Grenoble. He dreamed of being a soldier and then prepared the competition to enter the school for officers of Saint Cyr. He succeeded, but that was the last competition organized by the third republic, abolished by Petain after the defeat of the French army, in June 1940. The Saint Cyr school where he learns his future job as an officer is no longer in occupied Brittany but was transferred to Aix en Provence, in the area not occupied after the armistice. In the promotion Charles de Foucault, he will always watch the pride of having been in the section headed by the young lieutenant Tom Morel, who had distinguished himself in the Alps front against the Italians and who will become a hero of the resistance organizing the "Maquis des Glières". Being part of the so-called "Armée d'armistice" until its dissolution in November 42, after the allied landing in North Africa and the invasion of the South, it was sent to take care of young people who had to integrate with the "Chantiers de jeunesse" organized from the Vichy regime with the suppression of the military service wanted by the armistice. In August 1943 he was informed of the possibility of leaving France to reach the Free French Forces in Morocco, passing through the Pyrenees. After a tiring and dangerous march through the mountains, on what will later be called "the Way of Freedom" from Bagnères de Bigorre arrives in Spain. Arrested by the Spanish Guardia Civil will spend two months in the prison of Zaragoza where he will be released in November and embarked for Morocco. In Morocco it is assigned to the 4th regiment of colonial troops, the "4ème Régiment de tirailleurs Marocains" as a second lieutenant. He directs a section of Moroccan fighters he will always be very proud of. With them he fights in Italy, participate in the landing in Provence then at the battle of France, going back to the North. In Alsace he was wounded by a grenade in front of the town of Thann, just where his father had been wounded thirty years earlier, in 1914. When he was discharged in April of 45 he reached his regiment to which part of the area was confided. French occupation in the Bavarian Alps. Stationed in Oberjoch, he was entrusted with the task of scouring the villas of regime dignitaries in search of Nazi weapons and emblems. This is how he investigates the Bavarian villa of the Obergruppenfürher Sepp Dietrich with his men. In the villa there is only his wife. Lieutenant Groz keeps a hunting rifle and a war cross in his memory, along with a ring bearing the sign of the SS and a skull. He will continue his military career, always with the Moroccan soldiers in the 4th and then in the 5th RTM in Madagascar and in Indochina. Stationed in Morocco, it will be assigned to the Alpine troops after the country's independence. He will not be involved in the war in Algeria but will take advantage of the measures taken by the French government to facilitate the withdrawal from the army of the officers. In this way he will become a teacher of history and geography from 1966 to 1981. Among the many medals received, that of Commendatore della Legion d'onore stands out. He died in 2014 at the age of 93.

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188SO11 -SS Totenkopfring ( Honor Ring) of SS officer Wagner dated 21.6.44. This is one of the finest Totenkopfrings ever offered by Oakleaf Militaria. This mint ring displays 100% detail in its skull and runes panels. The skull is so complete the teeth can be counted. The interior is so mint that the seam is not present as the Otto Gahr firm covered this seam with silver solder before it left their Munich location. The runics panels are fully complete including the background stippling and burnish. The dedication inscription is clearly visible with the Slb. Wagner, 21.6.44 date and H. Himmler facsimile signature. The ring presents all the characteristics, including die flaws, of a 1940's style SS Totenkopfring. The size is approximately 11. This outstanding example of the SS Totenkopfring comes with a Don Boyle Certificate of Authenticity. $12,999.  More Photos

Collectors Connection SS Totenkopfring Honor Ring -Totenkopfring Honor Ring awarded to SS officer Obersturmfuhrer Brand dated 20/4/38. Born 15.4.1904, Heinrich Brand joined the SS 17.11.1931 with SS Ausweis number 20653. On 20.4.1937 Brand was promoted to the rank of Untersturmfuhrer and assigned to the staff of II SS-Sturmbann/69. SS Standarte of the Allgemeine SS. On 30.1.1943 Brand was promoted to the rank of Obersturmfuhrer. On 1.06.1944 Obersturmfuhrer was assigned to the 30. SS Standarte of the Allgemeine SS. This SS Totenkopfring shows normal/light wear in the details in the skull and runic panels. The background stippling is also evident in a number of the panels. The ring exhibits die flaw characteristics evident in authentic Totenkopf rings. The joiner seam is apparent beneath the original silver solder on the interior behind the skull. The engraving is typical of what is encountered in a 1940's style ring. This ring is size 13. A very large size. This ring comes with a Don Boyle Certificate of Authenticity. Please see additional information regarding the Collectors Connection section on the Homepage. $10,000. More Photos

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