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WWII Nazi German Luftwaffe Early Droop Tail EM/NCO'S Breast Eagle Hoheitsabzeichen
Item #: VF4845
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Machine embroidered, first pattern, (Circa 1935-1936/37), "droop-tailed", Luftwaffe eagle in silvery/gray threads on a cut-out Luftwaffe blue/gray wool base. The eagle has a roughly, 80mm wingspan from tip to tip. Scarce early pattern eagle cut from the tunic.
The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV, Deutscher Luftsportsverband, (German Air Sports Association), the clandestine, civilian, forerunner of the Luftwaffe on August 18TH 1934 and was officially adopted for wear by all Luftwaffe personnel on March 1ST 1935. The original first pattern national eagle was utilized until a, slightly modified, second pattern national eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations dictated that the national eagle was to be worn on almost all headgear and on the right breast of almost all uniforms with a few minor exceptions. Officer’s ranks generally utilized hand embroidered national eagles as opposed to the machine embroidered breast and cap eagles or stamped metal visor cap eagles as utilized by EM/NCO ranks. Of Note: Machine woven and even metal alloy national eagles were also utilized in limited quantities. Also Of Note: Officer holding ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall and Reichsmarschall Göring utilized gold colored accoutrements including breast eagles as opposed to the silver version sworn by all other ranks.
Price: $90.00 USD (Sale Pending)