C-719 Machine Woven (BeVo) Waffen-SS Enlisted
Man’s Cufftitle for the 18.SS-Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division “Horst
The 18.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division “Horst Wessel” was comprised mostly of “Volksdeutsche” (ethnic Germans). The approximate 14.75” long cufftitle is machine woven (BeVo) in pale grey thread with one grey border stripe along the top and at the bottom. The letters are very clear. The band material is quite thin and as usual with BeVo weaving, the title lettering is totally flat. The reverse of the band has the correct salt and pepper pattern (clearly a BeVo Wuppertal weave), with the Division name as a negative image (black). Each end of the band has very light fraying to the edges, and there is a bit of staining to the grey lettering and border stripes. It also looks as if a Veteran may have taped it to his scrapbook, as there are remnants of three pieces of tape attached vertically to the cufftitle, of approximately .75” in width. The only a small detractor to this scarce piece of very desirable SS cloth!