Rare armshield of the Latvian Legion & Auxiliary Police, being the locally made M1943 Schutzmannschaft "Latvija" patch; size: 5cm x 6.9cm. Appears to be a 2 or 3-piece stitched construction (see reverse). Seen frequently in period photographs but rarely encountered; more frequent is the often unused SS-issue with the thick black borders around the Latvian shield. Differs in construction to the example in Littlejohn vol. 4 pg. 189. The armshield was worn by Schutzmannschaft ("Schuma") defence battalions, these often being "Police battalions"/"Auxiliary Police Battalions" heavily involved in the perpetration of the Holocaust domestically and also at sites outside Latvia, as well as in combat with partisans; those members who subsequently joined the SS's "Latvian Legion" (2 waffen-ss divisions; created in 1943) retained this emblem on their sleeve.