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SS Cuff Title Identification Guide

This is an identification guide for the many different Cuff Titles worn by the SS during the 3rd Reich period. To the best of our knowledge, all the examples shown are original pre-1945 manufacture. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please contact Vern@GermanDaggers.com.

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Allgemeine SS

The initial formation of the SS, formed as a bodyguard and protection detail for Adolf Hitler in 1923. Expanded to become the main political formation and headquarters for all units of the SS.




Stosstrupp Adolf Hitler 1923
Cuff title for original members of the bodyguard detail



Oberste SA-fuhrung
SS members assigned to the SA High Command



RF-SS
Personnel Staff of the Reichsführer SS
1st pattern 1934-1939



RF-SS
Personnel Staff of the Reichsführer SS
2nd pattern 1939-1945



SS-Hauptamt
SS Headquarters Staff
1st pattern 1934-1939



SS-Hauptamt
SS Headquarters Staff
2nd pattern 1939-1945



San.-Abt. SS-HA
SS Headquarters Medical Detachment
Introduced 1939



SD-Hauptamt
SS Main Security Office Staff
Introduced 1939



RuS-Hauptamt
Race & Resettlement Office Staff
Introduced 1939



Reichsführer-SS, Hauptamtchefs, Amtchefs Cuff title
1 to 3 center strips for lower levels



WuV-Hauptamt
SS Main Economic & Administrative Office
1st pattern 1936-1939



WuV-Hauptamt
SS Main Economic & Administrative Office
2nd pattern 1939-1945



Reichsführung-SS
SS High Command personnel
Introduced 1939



(District Name)
SS-Oberabschnitte (23 SS-Districts)



San.-Abt. (SS-District name)
SS-District Medical Detachment



(Roman numerals)
SS-Abschnitte (45 SS-SubDistricts)



San.-Abt. (Roman numerals)
SS-SubDistrict Medical Detachment



Rontgensturmbann SS-HA
SS Headquarters Motorized X-Ray Battalion



(Sturm Number) Silver braid
SS-Fuss Standarten
SS-Foot Regiment Officer



(Sturm Number) Green braid
SS-Fuss Standarten
SS-Foot Regiment 1st Sturmbann



(Sturm Number) Dark Blue braid
SS-Fuss Standarten
SS-Foot Regiment 2nd Sturmbann



(Sturm Number) Red braid
SS-Fuss Standarten
SS-Foot Regiment 3rd Sturmbann



(Sturm Number) Light Blue braid
SS-Fuss Standarten
SS-Foot Regiment 4th Sturmbann



Reserve (Sturm Number) Blue braid
SS-Fuss Standarten Reserve
SS-Foot Regiment Reserve



Standarten Honor Cuff Title.
One of 18 awarded to Standarten
Could be worn above regular cuff title



Sturm Honor Cuff Title.
One of 40 awarded to Sturms (number and name on cuff title)



SS-Hpt.-Reitschule Munchen
SS-Main Riding School Munich



Inspekteur der SS Reitschule
Inspector for SS Riding School



Sanitats-Abteilung
Medical Detachment



Sanitatsabteilung
Medical Detachment



(Sturm Number) Light Gray braid
SS-Motoreinheiten
SS-Motor Units



Honor Cuff Title - Light Gray braid
SS-Motor Units Honor Cuff Title
Only Honor title for Motor units



SS-H.W.L. Schleissheim
SS-Main Supply Depot Schleissheim
1st pattern -1939



SS-H.W.L. Schleissheim
SS-Main Supply Depot Schleissheim
2nd pattern 1939-1945



SS-Stammelstelle
SS-Collection Point Staff



(District name)
SS-Stammabteilungen
SS Supplementary Reserve Unit



Rangführer
Honorary Leader
SS-Sturmführer to SS-Obersturmbannführer



Ehrenführer
Honorary Leader
SS-Standartenführer (later expanded to Obergruppenführer)



Ehrenführer (Number, Roman numeral, or District name)
Honorary Leader with a specific assignment



z.V
Führer Zur Verfugung
Officer on special duty



SS
Brigade Ehrhart




SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS_VT)

Organized as a full time security and police force for the NSDAP. Formed by consolidating the Politische Bereitschaften (Political Readiness Detachments) within the Allgemeine-SS. Many of the SS-VT units were incorporated into the Waffen-SS




Adolf Hitler
SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler
1st pattern



Adolf Hitler
SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler
2nd pattern



Deutschland
SS-Standarte Deutschland



Germania
SS-Standarte Germania
1st pattern



Germania
SS-Standarte Germania
2nd pattern



Der Führer
SS-Standarte Der Führer
1st pattern



Der Führer
SS-Standarte Der Führer
2nd pattern



SS-Inspektion
Responsible for training and standards for the SS-VT
1st pattern 1936-1939



SS-Inspektion
Responsible for training and standards for the SS-VT
2nd pattern 1939-1945



Sanitatsabteilung
Medical Detachment



(blank)
Sturmbann 'N'
Based in Nürnberg to provide guards at the Party Rallies



SS-Nachrichtensturmbann
SS-VT Signals Unit



SS-Pioniersturmbann
SS-VT Engineer Unit



SS-Schule Tölz
SS Officer Candidate School at Bad Tölz
1st pattern 1934-1939



SS-Schule Tölz
SS Officer Candidate School at Bad Tölz
2nd pattern 1939-1945



SS-Schule Braunschweig
SS Officer Candidate School at Braunschweig
1st pattern 1935-1936



SS-Schule Braunschweig
SS Officer Candidate School at Braunschweig
2nd pattern 1936-1939



SS-Schule Braunschweig
SS Officer Candidate School at Braunschweig
3rd pattern 1939-1945



SS-Arztsiche Akademie
SS Medical Officer Candidate School
1st pattern 1937-1939



SS-Arztsiche Akademie
SS Medical Officer Candidate School
2nd pattern 1939-1945



SS-Verwaltungsschule
SS-Administration School
1st pattern 1935-1939



SS-Verwaltungsschule
SS-Administration School
2nd pattern 1939-1945



SS-Baueinsatz-Ost
SS-Construction Operations-East




SS-Totenkopfvervande (SS-TV)

Organized as an administrative and guard force for the SS concentration camps.




SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-TV Staff personnel
1937-1939



SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-TV Staff personnel
1939-1945



Oberbayern
SS-Wachsturmbann I (officer)
1936-1938



Oberbayern
SS-Wachsturmbann I (enlisted)
1936-1938



(Skull)
SS-Wachsturmbann I
1938-40/1



Brandenburg
SS-Wachsturmbann V
1936-1938



Brandenburg
SS-Wachsturmbann V
1938-



Ostfriesland
SS-Wachsturmbann IV
1936-1938



Sachsen
SS-Wachsturmbann III
1935-1938



Elbe
SS-Wachsturmbann II
1935-1938



Thuringen
SS-Totenkopf Standarte 3
1938-



Ostmark
SS-Totenkopf Standarte 4
1938-



SS-Heimwehr Danzig
SS-Home Defense Danzig
1938-



Kdtr UL Dachau
SS Training Camp Dachau
1935-



WB Dachau
SS Economic Enterprises Dachau
1935-1937



SS-Ubungslager Dachau
Non staff personnel permanently assigned to Dachau
1939-



DACHAU
Staff personnel permanently assigned to Dachau
1940-



ESS/TV
Supplementary Training unit personnel
1939-



SS-Inspektion
SS-Inspector of Concentration Camps and SS-TV units
1937-1939



SS-Inspektion
SS-Inspector of Concentration Camps and SS-TV units
1939-



Sanitatsabteilung
SS-TV Medical Detachment


SS-Sicherheitsdienst und Sicherheitspolizei

Organized as a security police force and counter-espionage service to maintain internal national security.




Grenz-Polizei
SS-Hilfsgrenzangestellte (Auxiliary Frountier Personnel)
1933-1941



SD-Hauptamt
Sicherheitsdienst (SD) main office security personnel
1935-



(blank)
Sicherheitsdienst (SD) district/sub district security personnel
1935-


Waffen-SS


Organized in 1939 as the Armed Security Force, the Waffen-SS was expanded to become the fourth arm of the armed forces.




Reichsführung-SS
Headquarters of the Waffen-SS
1940-



1st SS-Panzer Division - Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Aluminum thread - 1939-



1st SS-Panzer Division - Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
RZM - 1940-



1st SS-Panzer Division - Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
BeVo - 1943-



2nd SS-Panzer Division - Das Reich
Aluminum thread - 1942-



2nd SS-Panzer Division - Das Reich
RZM - 1942-



2nd SS-Panzer Division - Das Reich
BeVo - 1943-



SS Regiment - Deutschland
Aluminum thread - Before 1939



3rd SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Deutschland
Aluminum thread - 1939-



SS Regiment - Germania
RZM - Before 1939



9th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Deutschland
Aluminum thread - 1939-



9th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Deutschland
BeVo - 1943-



SS Regiment - Der Führer
Aluminum thread - Before 1939



4th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Der Führer
Aluminum thread - 1939-



4th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Der Führer
BeVo - 1943-



4th SS-Infanterie Regiment - Langemarck
Aluminum thread - 1939-



3rd SS-Panzer Division - Totenkopf
Aluminum thread - 1939-



3rd SS-Panzer Division - Totenkopf
BeVo - 1943-



5th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Thule
Aluminum thread - 1939-



6th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Theodor Eicke
BeVo - 1943-



Polizei Division
Aluminum thread - 1939-



Polizei Division
Aluminum thread - 1940-



4th SS-Polizei-Panzer Grenadier Division
Aluminum thread - 1943-



4th SS-Polizei-Panzer Grenadier Division
BeVo - 1943-



5th SS-Panzer Division - Wiking
Aluminum thread - 1940-



5th SS-Panzer Division - Wiking
RZM - 1940-



SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Nordland
Aluminum thread - 1940-



SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Nordland
RZM - 1940-



10th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Westland
Aluminum thread - 1940-



10th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Westland
RZM - 1940-



10th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Westland
BeVo - 1943-



6th SS-Gebirgs Division - Nord
Aluminum thread - 1941-



11th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Reinhard Heydrich
Aluminum thread - 1942-



11th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Reinhard Heydrich
RZM - 1942-



11th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Reinhard Heydrich
BeVo - 1943-



12th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Michael GaiBmair
BeVo - 1944-



SS-Ski Bataillon 502 - Norge
Bevo - 1943-



SS-og Politikompanis - Frw Legion Norwegen
Worn while attached to Norge - RZM 1943



14th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Prinz Eugen
Aluminum thread - 1942-



14th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Prinz Eugen
RZM - 1942-



14th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Prinz Eugen
BeVo - 1943-



13th SS-Gebirgsjager Regiment - Artur Phleps
BeVo - 1943-



8th SS-Kavalerie Division (Unofficial)
Aluminum thread - 1942-



8th SS-Kavalerie Division - Florian Geyer
BeVo - 1944-



9th SS-Panzer Division - Hohenstaufen
BeVo - 1943-



10th SS-Panzer Division - Frundsberg
BeVo - 1943-



11th SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Nordland
BeVo - 1943-



23rd SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Norge
BeVo like pattern - 1943-



24rd SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - Danmark
BeVo like pattern - 1943-



11th SS-Panzer Abteilung - Hermann von Salza
BeVo - 1943-



12th SS-Panzer Division - Hitlerjugend
RZM - 1943-



12th SS-Panzer Division - Hitlerjugend
BeVo - 1943-



16th SS-Panzer Grenadier Division - Reichsführer SS
BeVo - 1943-



17th SS-Panzer Grenadier Division - Götz von Berlichingen
BeVo - 1943-



18th SS-Panzer Grenadier Division - Horst Wessel
RZM - 1944-



18th SS-Panzer Grenadier Division - Horst Wessel
BeVo - 1944-



21st Waffen Gebrigs Division der SS - Skanderbeg
Aluminum thread - 1944-



SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Niederlande
RZM like pattern - 1941-



SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Nederland
RZM like pattern - 1941-



SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier Brigade - Nederland
BeVo - 1943-



48th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - General Seyffardt
Bevo - 1943-



49th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier Regiment - De Ruiter
Aluminum thread - 1943-



SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern
RZM like pattern - 1941-



28th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier Division - Wallonien
Aluminum thread - 1943-



28th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier Division - Wallonien
BeVo - 1943-



34th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier Division - Landstorm Nederland
BeVo - 1943-



Waffen SS Foreign Unit - British Free Corps
RZM - 1944-



Waffen SS Foreign Unit - Freikorps Danmark
RZM - 1941-



Waffen SS Foreign Unit - Nordwest
RZM - 1941-



Waffen SS Foreign Unit - Ostturkischer Waffen-Verband der SS
RZM - 1943-



SS-Feldgendarmerie
Army Pattern - before 1942



SS-Feldgendarmerie
Aluminum thread - 1942-



SS-KB-Abt (War Correspondent Unit)
Aluminum thread - 1941-



Kurt Eggers (War Correspondent Unit)
BeVo - 1943-



SS-Kriegsbrichter (War Correspondent Unit)
Aluminum thread - 1943-



SS-Kriegsbrichter (War Correspondent Unit)
Aluminum thread - 1944-



SS-Unterfuhrerschule
RZM - 1941-



SS-Arztsiche Akademie
Aluminum thread - 1941-



KTL der SS
SS Motor Technical Training School
RZM - 1939-



SS-Musikschule Baunschweig
SS Music School Brunswick
RZM - 1941-



Reichsschule-SS
SS Female Auxiliaries School
BeVo - 1943-


Germanske SS

Germanic SS groups.




SS-Vlaanderen
Germanic SS in Flanders (Belgium)



Schalburg
Danmark Schalburg Corps (DNSAP)



LANDWACHT
Dutch National Socialist Party (NSB)



Legioen Nederland
Germanic SS in Nederland



Germanske SS Nederland
Dutch branch of Germanic-SS (NSB)



Germanske SS Norge
Norwegian branch of Germanic-SS (Nasjonal Samling)