GOLD PARTY BADGE OF THE NSDAP BELONGING TO SS STURMBANFUHRER OTTO KUHNAU.
This 30mm example originally belonged to SS Sturmbanfuhrer Otto Kuhnau. The enamel badge is in perfect condition, the wreath still retains some original gilt finish.The reverse side features the political style safety pin and hook, the pin plate is marked Deschler & Sohn Munchen 9, below this it is stamped with the NSDAP membership number 43197 which is Kuhnau's party number. Otto Kuhnau was born in 1904, his NSDAP membership number of 43197 shows that he joined the party very early probably in 1925 or 1926, he also had a very early SS membership number 9427. He joined the SS and was promoted to SS officer rank in 1934 as an SS Untersturmfuhrer and receiving steady promotion after that date until he was promoted to SS Sturmbanfuhrer (Major) in 1938, he initially served with the 84th Standarter (Regiment) and then latter with the 48th Standarter as leaders of the 3rd Battalion, he was awarded the SS ring and the SA sports badge. SS Sturmbanfuhrer Kuhnau died in action on the 14.12.1941 probably serving with the Waffen SS and the date would suggest in Russia. Complete with a large research file concerning the original owner. Provenance, this NSDAP gold party badge was originally part of the important John Papara collection which was sold in auction some years ago. [Condition: Near Mint]