From my collection here is three heavily battledamaged beltbuckles. We can only imagine what caused these damages. The HJ and Heer buckle were found in the Kurland Kessel, while the SS buckle found in SS Nord positions in Karelia. None of the buckles shown were found with soldiers remains.
The heavily damaged HJ buckle might be a result from a MG salvo.
Seems like the SS buckle was near to a detonation.
A flattened Heer buckle, could it have been ran over by a tank,or prehaps it is the result of a detonation.
Heavily damaged RAD buckle.
W-SS Officer buckle with shrapnel hit.
Some of my denazified belt buckles, often referred to as "Partizan buckles". Often Red Army soldiers and Partizans took such buckles,scraped off the swastika and wore them on their belt.
Belt buckles are a great collectible as they tell a story , comes from many different producers and they dont take much place.
Most of these were found in Kurland, except the two first HJ buckles in the bottom row, they came out from Germany.
The three LW belts came out from Holland and made it into my collection. Post-War civillians also often used these ground down buckles.
The Heer buckle I dug out in a WH camp in Northern Norway and the NSKK/Political buckle was found in Germany.