SS Dagger No. 81 852 pictured on p. 189 in
Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS
by Thomas Wittman.
Ross J. Kelbaugh Collection
Making History Personal
Among collectors of World War II relics, many have known the frustration in trying to link the identity of the original owner with his serial number found stamped on a German SS dagger. Until now the only source for this information has been the periodic Dienstalterslistes or rank lists for full time officers that were published from 1934 until 1944. These numbers have been compiled and published through the efforts of a dedicated Canadian researcher and, along with the reprinted original lists, have been the only resources available for trying to match numbers with owners. But even these records are incomplete since no lists are known to have been published in 1939, 1940 and 1945. And if the holder of your number was not an officer (below the rank of lieutenant), it has been assumed that you would probably never know his identity.
Through my diligent search of captured German records in the archives of the Berlin Document Center, more than 95,000 numbers of SS personnel below the rank of Obersturmführer ( First Lieutenant) have already been added to our database (the largest on the planet) and the numbers continue to grow weekly. And we are the only ones with a database that can also personally provide you with certified confirmation and complete research for those we identify. Several original owners of daggers published in the standard references by Thomas Wittman and Thomas Johnson as well as those offered for sale on dealer websites or listed in online dagger forums have already been discovered. As a service to the collecting community, I offer you a free check of my databank to see if I have uncovered the owner of your dagger. Just click on the link below to email me your dagger's number along with your contact information and I will let you know if I have found your SS-Mann. If not, I will keep your number on file and contact you if his number is eventually discovered. If I have his number, I offer you a choice of several reasonably priced options that will help your build your documentation for your investment. You can click on the "Services" tab above to learn more about them. So what do you have to lose? Contact me by clicking on the link below and we will get back to you shortly to let you know if we can add a new dimension your dagger.
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Update 17 June 2012: Check "More Successes" to see some of the latest items we have been able to identify and/or research for collectors. Also check out our new addition of "Useful Information" where we will begin sharing records and other interesting items we find while researching at the National Archives. The June 1939 Corrections to the 1938 SS-Dienstaltersliste and the ledger containing the names & numbers of the first 1500 recipients of the Ehrenzeichen vom 8./9. November 1923 (Blutorden or Blood Order) are our first postings. We have also updated our calendar of shows that we will be attending.
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Full Röhm SS Dagger: A Study in Irony
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