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I have a similar buckle and original black leather belt to the one on the right. I'll dig it out and attempt to post some pictures,

It was bought from a local Army Surplus store in the early 70's, grey/green with mould and stiff as a board until I treated the leather.

I was told at the time that it was from Franco's forces during the Civil War, but I have no evidence to support this.

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My first attempt at uploading images. The stamped mark on the back of the clasp seems to read

DERECEDA.

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Hello, I think that:

The first Buckle of Chris Boonzaier is a legionary one , Spanish Legion, that are the same that nowadays but have the ducal crown, that means is from Francos' period.

The second I don't know, the crown is ducal.

The third is from a private full dress about 1970, the leather was black in all cases.

The one from jellytwig is the same that the third from Chris.

Attached a photo with a uniformed soldier of those times:

Unfortunatelly are MP and have white the belts. Anyway the next regulation with Franco death leave those buckles so heavy just for a waist strap. The hat change to beret, the boots to shoes, the closed collar to open with flaps, and the "trinchera" for the "gabardina". All very nice and elegant.

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I'm going to take advantage of the thread, if you don't mind, to show some spanish badges from that period, more or lees. Around 1979.

Specialist Sergant Shoulder rank badge.

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Rombos, a neck badge that comes from Shako badge that appoint the unit, destination, branch, etc... where you are in this moment.

Two green, Politécnico, Militar Technical Teaching. From Politécnico nº1. Full dress ones.

Red From the Military Academy of Zaragoza (for officers), full dress. Here you can find the emblem of all the arms. The green the same that above but for service dress.

Politécnico shoulder badges

The uniform I was refering in the post above. Around 1979. The rombos are red, with the eagle that means the young- man is not a soldier yet cause is training and maybe Dying in a CIR (Training camp).

Service dress around the same age, the red bars in the "visa" hat means he is a corporal and the shoulder strap yellow plastic bar, the company.

As you can see they wear different cloths. The khaki was changing to green cause the uniforms discolour, aqn third washing make then white and you became a night time perfect target (not for enemy but for MP).

Go on later

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infantry arm rombos.

Águilas de San Juan, one from Francos' period and from next years, with yhe royal crown. The Santiago Cross in red. Wher for beret, hat or shoulder straps (General Headquaters companys in Madrid). This Águila is the symbol of the Army (land). The motto is "Can you fly?", it is a joke you can see why. The answer is I can't. Other joke. Sorry.

The Militar Cartilla, where you have all your military life reflect untill, I think, forty years.

Regards

Boris

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I have remember the last unit in Spain to wear this belt was the "Agrupación de tropas del Cuartel General del Ejército" In La Plaza de España y Castellana. Also one of the last to use the old Mauser model La Coruña, a copy of the german contemporary and very good made and precise. And the unit that guard the EpiCenter of the Cup of 23-F, somebodie said. I know it cause I was there in the 6ª Service Company and we have, as less one month before to sleep in the company with the Mauser La Coruña between the legs. Cause were in alarm with double guard and triple patrols (two sections in the company, and one in patrol duty. The first time a alarm is given in the HeadQuaters for something that were goig to happen one month later, as less. I didn't think too much in that fact, so extrange. And as the item upload, this is not a fake-comment.

Regards

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Hi Boris Greetings!

I wonder if the "Division Azul Volonteers" painted there Belt buckles Blue?

like this one? Any more INFO very appreciated!

Thanks & Best Regards

Germanski

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