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German Equipment Belt converted as a souvenir by American soldiers and called a "Hate Belt": brown leather; brass buckle with soldered Prussian seal with "GOTT MIT UNS" in raised lettering; leather protective tab on back; 37 different uniform buttons and collar insignia are inserted through the belt and held in place by twine in the back; handwritten on inside "O. Suess/Co. G. 150. MGBN." This is the early style of German belt and buckle produced between 1914-1916. It was converted circa 1918. Otto Suess was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin October 10, 1890. He worked as a shipping clerk prior to enlisting in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He transferred with the rest of the company to the US Army and was assigned to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion. He was later assigned to the Headquarters Detachment. He was promoted to Private First Class and Corporal. He survived the war and returned April 28, 1919.
Belt -WORLD WAR I -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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