BACKGROUND: On March 25TH 1933 the DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), was established by incorporating all civilian flying clubs into the one organization. In September 1933 the DLV was further enlarged by incorporating the SA and SS Fliegersturm groups. The DLV was utilized as a camouflage civilian organization to train personnel for the future Luftwaffe. As a civilian organization it was able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, which prohibited a German military air service. The DLV was divided into two distinct groups with the main group consisting of civilians and a second group, entitled the Fliegerschaft, which was the secret military branch of the DLV. Uniform regulations were first addressed on November 4TH 1933 and included a visor cap with two distinctly different forms of insignia that were worn concurrently. With the official unveiling of the Luftwaffe on February 26TH 1935, the DLV lost a substantial amount of its manpower and its previous function as a secret training ground for future pilots was rendered redundant. As a result the DLV was disbanded on April 17TH 1937 with its remaining membership being absorbed into the newly reconstituted NSFK.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: DLV glider pilotís dagger. The 17cm long silver/nickel plated blade is in nice condition with some minor spotting the expected scabbard wear. Original cross graining is still present. Maker marked "F & A Helbig Steinbach (Kr.M)". Solid nickel/silver cross guard and pommel. Black enameled swastika to both sides of cross guard. Wooden grip wrapped in Moroccan blue leather intact. Scabbard leather wrap is also nicely retained. Nickel/silver plated fittings to the scabbard. All scabbard screws are complete. Shows the expected age and use. Complete with leather hanger with plated friction clip and face plates.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,995.00 (Or Best Offer)

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