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German SS Divisions: Their Logos

1 st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler served as a skeleton key (not the key, as is often wrongly thought).  The choice of this unusual emblem can be easily explained. In German, "Dietrich" means "Skeleton Key". "Sepp Dietrich was the commander of the division.

 The emblem of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, 4th mechanized infantry division of police and 34 th SS Division Landstorm Nederland had "volfsangeli" ("wolf's hook") of various configurations.

The emblem of the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf  - skull and bones, in full accordance with the name of this division.

The emblem of the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking and the 11th volunteer mechanized infantry division of the SS Nordland - kosovidny cross (the emblem of the Nordland Division had the same "kosovidny cross", but inscribed in a circle)

6th SS Division Nord is a mining-arrow-hand - Fleece "gagal" 442.

The emblem of the 7th Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen SS (Eugen) - Fleece "ODALEN" (in this case, the emblem of the division is identical to the familiar Lavalier ranks of this division, which, however, was the exception rather than the rule).

 The emblem of the 8th Cavalry Division Florian Geyer HS - horse head on his sword, pointing to the diagonal upward.

The emblem of the 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen - Latin block capital letter H (in German: Hohenstaufen), crossed the middle of the vertical straight edge of his sword upward.

The emblem of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg - a capital letter F, superimposed on an oak leaf.

The emblem of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Youth - single fleece "signal" (the symbol of the Nazi youth organization Jungfolk and Hitler, whose members were recruited from volunteers of the Waffen SS division), superimposed on a skeleton key ("Eyes on Dietrich!").

The emblem of the 13th Mountain Division Waffen SS Khanjar - right to left diagonal upward curve of the sword-Khanjar.

 The emblem of the 14th Waffen SS Division Galicia  - lion, marching on its hind legs, surrounded by three royal crowns.

The emblem of the 15th Grenadiers (Latvian № 1) Division of the Waffen SS - the Roman numeral I on a stylized Latin block capital lettered L (Latvia).

The emblem of the 16th mechanized infantry divisions SS Reichsfuhrer SS - a stack of three oak leaf with two acorns from cuttings in a frame of a laurel wreath (as in his buttonhole Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler).

The emblem of the 17th SS Division mechanized infantry Goetz von Berlihingen - a fist iron hand of Goetz von Berlihingena).

The emblem of the 18th volunteer mechanized infantry division SS Horst Wessel - left to right upward diagonal line drawn sword.

The emblem of the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (Latvian № 2) - Roman numeral II on the stylized Latin block capital lettered L (Latvia).

The emblem of the 20th Waffen SS Grenadier Division (Estonian № 1) - live naked sword imposed on a capital letter E 

The emblem of the 21th Mountain Division Waffen SS Skanderbeg - the Albanian double-headed eagle.

The emblem of the 22th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Maria Theresa - cornflower flower with stem and leaves (as in the rank insignia of this division).

The emblem of the 23rd mechanized infantry volunteer SS Division Nederland (Netherlands) - Fleece "ODALEN" at the lower end in the form of arrows.

The emblem of the 24th Mountain Division Waffen SS Karsteger (Karst hunter) - stylized "karst flower" (karstblume).

The emblem of the 25th Waffen SS Grenadier Division Hunyadi (Hungarian № 2) - sagittal cross - a symbol of the Hungarian Nazi Party Arrow Cross (nilashistov) Ferenc Szalasi - under two royal crowns.

The emblem of the 26th Waffen Grenadier Division Gembesh (Hungarian № 3) - the same sagittal cross, but with three crowns.

The emblem of the 27th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Langemark (Flemish № 1) - triskelion

The emblem of the 28th volunteer mechanized infantry division of the SS Walloon region - crossed the line sword and scimitar handles

The emblem of the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division Italy - liktorskaya fascia with an ax (Littorio).

The emblem of the 30th Waffen SS Grenadier Division (Russian № 2) - Double Cross St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk.

The emblem of the 31th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division (23rd Volunteer Mountain Division of the Waffen SS) - the head of a deer.

The emblem of the SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Bohemia-Moravia - Bohemian (Czech) crowned lion, marching on its hind legs, and power, crowned by a double cross.

The emblem of the 32-th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division January 30 - Fighting Rune (Rune Tyr).

The emblem of the 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division Charlemagne (Charles the Great) - split by a shield and a half of the Roman-German imperial eagle and three heraldic lilies

The emblem of the 34 th SS Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland - Wolf Hook (volfsangel).

The emblem of the 36th Police Grenadier Division SS Police Division II - Rune "gagal" and Roman numeral II.

The emblem of the 36 th Waffen Grenadier Division Dirlewanger - two crossed hand grenades, "the bottle".

The emblem of the 37th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Lützow - live naked sword tip up, superimposed on a vertical title at the stylized gothic letter 'L (German: Luetzow).

The emblem of the mechanized infantry of the 38th SS Division Nibelungen (Cycle) - a winged "helmet of invisibility" dwarf-Nibelungs of the ancient Germany

The emblem of the Serbian Volunteer Corps SS - ears of corn on the shield superimposed on a naked sword arm straight up (in fact - the emblem of Serbian monarchist-fascist organization ZB R. O. Dmitriev Letichev, whose members formed the backbone of the Serbian Volunteer Corps).

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