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WWII era M-1941 Croatian Air Force Officer’s Dagger,Croatian Air Force Legion.
A presentation dagger given by Ante Pavelić.
NHD, Independent State of Croatia:
The Independent State of Croatia (Serbo-Croatian: NezavisnaDržava Hrvatska, NDH; German: Unabhängiger Staat Kroatien; Italian: Statoindipendente di Croazia) was a World War II-era puppet state of the Third Reichand Fascist Italy.
It was established in parts of occupied Yugoslavia on 10April 1941, after the invasion by the Axis powers.
Its territory consisted of most of modern-day Croatia andBosnia and Herzegovina, as well as some parts of modern-day Serbia andSlovenia, but also excluded many Croat-populated areas in Dalmatia (until late1943), Istria, and Međimurje regions (which today are part of Croatia).
During its entire existence, the NDH was governed as aone-party state by the fascist Ustaša organization.
The Ustaše was led by the Poglavnik, Ante Pavelić.
The regime targeted Serbs, Jews and Roma, as well asanti-fascist or dissident Croats and Bosnian Muslims.
The Independent State of Croatia was one of the most lethalregimes in the 20th century.
The Croatian Air Force Legion (Croatian: HrvatskaZrakoplovna Legija), or HZL, was a unit of the Luftwaffe, composed entirely ofvolunteers drawn from the nazi puppet-state, the Independent State of Croatia.
Many of them had previously served in the Royal Yugoslav AirForce in April 1941 during the Nazi Invasion of Yugoslavia.
The legion fought on the Eastern Front between 1941–1943during the Second World War.
The unit was sent to Germany for training on 15 July 1941,the fighter group to Fürth near Nüremberg and the bomber group to Greifswald, beforeheading to the Eastern Front.
Some of them also had experience in the two main types thatthey would operate, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Dornier Do 17, with twofighter pilots having actually shot down Luftwaffe aircraft.
This silver plated brass dagger features white celluloidgrip with horizontal grooves Blade is approximately 25cm (10 inches) long,marked “Braca Knaus Zagreb”, double edged blade, very fine condition;un-cleaned and untouched.
Scabbard is straight, no dents.
Throat is marked with manufacturer’s mark: “Braca KnausZagreb”.
(Knauss Brothers, Zagreb) Overall dagger is in excellentcondition.
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