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The Totenkopfring (Skull Ring, Death Head Ring) that was awarded to select SS members directly from Himmler. The ring was obtained by the SS member after careful screening as a "Sign of our loyalty to the Führer, our unwavering obedience to our superiors and our unwavering solidarity and camaraderie." The award certificate was signed by Himmler himself. Originally created for a maximum 5,000 SS, the ring was later granted to any SS "worthy" of the award.

Franz Pfeffer von Salomon, the first Oberführer SA (Leader SA), shortly after the end of WW1 in 1918.

Swastika Stroller in a Lower Bavarian Village (1937) When it came to Hitler portraits and other Nazi symbols, no article from everyday life was off-limits. Symbols of loyalty and unity were supposed to help Nazi propaganda to permeate all areas of life.

A young SS soldier. Many of those recruits were so young that rather than tobacco and alcohol ration, standard for the German Army, they were given chocolate and sweets.

Unknown Aussie soldier, WWI, from the Australian War Memorial collection. His eyes are so beautifully piercing... I would hit that sooooo hard.

Waffen-SS Regiment Germania. The enemy we fought in WW II was serious and wore uniforms.

More Waffen SS troops in formation.

Soldiers prepare to lob "potato masher" grenades from their trench during WWI.