Armenian Foreign Volunteer Shield.
With the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941 the German army encountered large segments of the non-ethnic Russian populace that greeted them as liberators from the yoke of Bolshevism. Although Hitler was suspicious of the ethnic make-up and loyalty of these personnel the German commanders in the field quickly saw the advantage of utilizing these willing personnel in non-combatant roles with the Armenians being among these. This is the shield that they wore and this is a mint un-issued example. LH11579