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Russia: rare [hand-made] armshield badge for enlisted personnel (red border) of the ‘Kaminski Brigade’, with base cut from Soviet uniform. The unit evolved from a small militia in Lokot, Byelorussia, following the German invasion & became a large force posessing captured Soviet tanks & field guns; renamed the Russian National Liberation Army (RONA) under Bronislav Kaminski & tasked with anti-partisan duties; eventually incorporated into the Waffen-SS. Oddly, while the RONA is often associated with the worst excesses of the foreign volunteers in the Nazi forces, particularly with regards to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, and frequently mentioned in passing in Holocaust literature, little if any documentation exists tying it directly, specifically to the atrocities of the Holocaust. Very few genuine armshields exist and none are alike.

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Handmade military patch of WWII collaborationist RONA

Estimate $1,120 - $2,100Oct 17
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