Honor Badge of the Einsatzstaffel (ES) der Deutschen Mannschaft of Croatia. 43.62 by 32.58 mm, 9.71 grams, when found this rare badge will be ground-dug or have the pin broken, this piece being in overall excellent condition.
The Erinnerungsabzeichen der Einsatzstaffel der DM [DM = Deutsche Mannschaft] was instituted by the Volksgruppenführer Branimir Altgayer with a decree of 1st May 1943. The badge came in a bronze and a silver grade. The ES was the equivalent to the SS for the ethnic German minority in Croatia. It was heavily involved in anti-partisan operations and was eventually absorbed into the Waffen-SS. (9309ba) LH4089