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The "Hate Belt" earned its name from the tradition where Allied soldiers adorned captured leather belts with buttons taken as trophies from German soldiers they had either captured or killed. Each button represented a conquest, creating a macabre yet intriguing historical record. In contrast, the "Souvenir Belt" captured the essence of the war as a whole, with buttons and tabs from both Allied and Central Powers' uniforms, serving as a tangible remembrance of the conflict.
This particular belt is crafted from brown leather and features a brass military-type catch. Most of the buttons are from German uniforms, some are missing, but notably, some display US buttons and insignia. The presence of slight rust and corrosion on the buttons and insignia adds to the authenticity and historical charm of this unique and desirable item. The belt is marked a size 90. The Imperial German buckle is a two piece brass type.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this Hate Belt/Souvenir Belt serves as a tangible connection to the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. It stands as a testament to the complex relationships formed during wartime and the unique ways in which individuals sought to remember and commemorate their experiences. A truly exceptional piece for military memorabilia collectors and history enthusiasts alike.