I have a number of badges on a leather pouch. Can someone identify these?enter image description here

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    The leather pouch appears to be in the form of a pair of Lederhosen complete with the motif "Greetings from Karlsruhe". If the badges adorning it are original, this would seem to me a rather macabre souvenir – IanF1 Apr 23 '18 at 20:28

As you already said, they are all from Nazi-Germany (or replicas, impossible to tell from a photo).

The upper right, shiny helmet is a Stahlhelm membership pin. Stahlhelm was a militant, nationalistic organisation of former veterans, that got assimilated by the SA when Hitler got to power in 1933.

Below that, the greenish helmet with a swastika reads "Tag der erwachenden Nation, Oldenburg 4.3.33".

Tag der erwachenden Nation (4. März): Am Vorabend der Reichstagswahl vom 5. März 1933 wurde in vielen Orten der “Tag der erwachenden Nation” von der “deutschgesinnten Bevölkerung” gefeiert. Dazu hatte die NSDAP aufgerufen.

On the eve of the election of March 5th 1933, the NSDAP had called for a "day of the awakening of the nation". My guess would be this is a commemorative medal for participants in the town of Oldenburg, but I could not find anything about it.

The skull on the lower left is the gorget patch of the Panzertruppen (tank/mechanized forces). While the SS was most famous for their "death's head" divisions, that one looks differently. This is a Panzertruppen symbol.

The eagle in the middle was worn on the front of the cap of German Heer (army) in WW2.

The swastika, sword and oak leaves seems to be a medal from the WHW, a nazi "charity" (although you might not actually have had a choice whether you wanted to participate).

The two identical gold-ish pieces are probably signifying rank and belong to an epaulet. Without the actual epaulet, there is no way to tell rank, but assuming two pieces means he wore one on each side, this would most likely make him a first lieutenant or a lieutenant-colonel.

Those pieces do not contradict each other, they may have belonged to the same person. Those worn as part of the Panzertruppen uniform maybe even worn with the same uniform.

You can see an example uniform of the Panzertruppen with the golden stars on the epaulets, the skull on the Kragenspiegeln and the eagle right in front of the officers cap. Although it may not show in the photo, the cap's eagle is metal, the uniform's and non-officer cap's eagle is fabric or somehow embroidered:

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  • The Stahlhelm dating is contradictory: if that club was renamed and then dissolved in 35 an issue date of –39 makes not much sense. Did you mean before 33? – LаngLаngС Apr 24 '18 at 17:22
  • @LangLangC Oops good catch that was from an early draft version :) – nvoigt Apr 24 '18 at 17:35
  • Thanks for the info. This pouch was brought back from the war by my father-in-law. He was a Canadian and went through holland and Belgium. He never talked about the war and we never knew anything about this pouch. It was only recently that it was found in some of his old belongings. They are authentic for sure. – Rob Apr 25 '18 at 0:55

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