This is a nice condition relic German soldiers steel belt buckle Luftwaffe issue which is in nice condition for a relic with its markings still mostly visible on the front and on the back not clear to see.On the front the eagle and swastika are there. The buckle is in nice solid condition does not retain much original colour it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a unusual find from this battlefield and in this condition because of the water it has been nicely protected but does have some rust damage.The belt buckle possibly used by an SS soldier late war replacement buckle or more likely from one of the other soldiers there from a Luftwaffe unit but either way a cracking relic.
The buckle was recovered from water either a lake,river or stream[the precise location is not being shared at the moment due to the request of the person who recovered the item] it is in the area of the municipality of Sochau near the town of Furstenfeld in Austria where on 12th May 1945 the German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking along with the remnants of other German units surrendered to the Americans at the end of the war.If this item was used by the SS Wiking Division for 100% sure is not deferentially know because there were some other troops who were there as well shattered remnants of other units but properly more then likely about 95% that it was used by them as most of the troops there were 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.
German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking in Febuary 1944 the Wiking was the only armoured unit in the Cherkassy Pocket. The Wiking managed to break out of the pocket by cooperating with the 5th SS attack brigade Wallonien and the battalion Narwa, which were the attacking units. The division, which had suffered great losses and had only about one thousand men and no vehicles left after the battles, was sent to be reorganized. From July to December 1944 the division once again had rough battles in Poland, on the Vistula front. In August 1944 the division had 151 tanks and 19 attack cannons, but the attack still failed.
In January 1945 the division was sent to Hungary, where it tried to break into the besieged Budapest. They fought and retreated at the same time from Stühlweissenburg to Fürstenfeld in Czech, where the division surrendered on May 12, 1945 in the Radstadt area.Below pictures are troops from the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking and there badge.
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