Helmut Von Moltke wrote:
Here, about Unit insignias, etc, hope this helps. From http://www.soldat.com
The Charlemagne cufftitle did exist but the photos shown above are fakes. The late Christian de la Maziere and some French volunteers who attended SS training schools were provided with some of the cufftitles. Those who got the the cufftitles in late 1944 are those who were still in training and did not participate in the Pomeranian battles in 1945. The story about some of the Frenchmen finding some of the cufftitles in a factory during the Battle of Berlin is a fake.
The Charlemagne cufftitle is the holy grail of all existing Waffen SS cuff title. It is extremely rare that there is only one known authentic example in the entire United States which were authenticated by several well-known researchers in German Waffen SS militaria.
Regarding the Joan d'Arc kragenspiegeln, it is the only a project which existed in the drawing board of the Waffen SS. Although it was shown in the famous European SS map of February 1945, it still remains on the drawing board as the Frenchmen of the 57th Regiment (the Sturmbrigade veterans) protested of the Catholic meanings of the Joan D'Arc kragenspiegeln. Most of the French volunteers in the Charlemagne Division only wore the siegrunen spiegeln and blank spiegeln (which indicates that some of them were transferred to the Charlemagne from the Darnand's militia and were not considered true- SSers. I had a series of two pictures sent to me by a Polish comrade that shows a captured group of French Waffen SS men in Poland. The photo was taken by the grandfather of my Polish comrade who was in the Polish army army at that time. It shows one Waffen SS Oberscharfuehrer wearing SS spiegeln and the man beside him wearing a blank kragenspiegeln and a Polish woman translating for them from French to Polish.)
However, there is another interesting kragenspiegeln that is known to exist but there are no known photos to document it. It is the holy grail of all kragenspiegeln of the foreign units of the Waffen SS. It is the Celtic Cross kragenspiegeln which were worn by members of the 33rd Flak Batterie of the Charlemagne Division (which was not more than a company strong - even less I believed so) that were based at Munich and di not fight in the Eastern Front. Me and a French author is currently researching for a book on kragenspiegeln of all the Waffen SS foreign units and SD foreign auxilliaries unit. According to veterans testimony interviewed by my French friend during the 80s, the Celtic Cross kragenspiegeln did exist. Another interesting fact to back up the assertion of that the Celtic Cross kragenspiegeln that when the American intelligence were documenting the foreign units serving Waffen SS, they made a list of drawings of all known kragenspiegeln insignia of them. They included the Celtic Cross but not the Joan d'Arc kragenspiegeln. Why? It is because the Charlemagne Flak Batterie is the only Charlemagne unit to engage the Western Allies. I corresponded with the late Jean Mabire last year and enquiring him about the Celtic Cross but he told me (via a French comrade) that there are no photos he known of the Celtic Cross although he believed that it existed.
The story behind the existing Celtic Cross is that when the veterans of the Sturmbrigade (the true-SSers) protested the Joan d'Arc design because of its Catholic meanings therefore another insignia for the Charlemagne had to be designed. This happens when the bulk of Charlemagne division were sent to the Eastern front as a reserve for the Army Group Vistula facing the Bolshevik assault at Oder. The Celtic Cross was accepted because it was a Catholic symbol in France and also a pagan symbol which is a suitable compromise for the Catholic and the SS faction in the Charlemagne Division.