BEVO Panzer Breast Eagle

Condition: Excellent


SKU: JW6231 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This BEVO Panzer Breast Eagle is a textbook example of this desirable insignia. This pattern of breast eagle was worn on the black Panzer uniforms worn by German Army armored vehicle crewmen. This patch is a pre-1940 type, with a white Army eagle and swastika emblem on a black field. It’s Bevo style, machine woven construction, with a backing of thin black rayon. This backing has been trimmed to a rough triangular shape, and is cut close to the eagle by the wreath; this does not affect the insignia in any way. The reverse of this BEVO Panzer Breast Eagle shows some traces of what looks to be adhesive residue, possibly from having been mounted in a veteran’s scrapbook. This eagle does not appear to have ever been issued or worn. It shows some light age toning and patina, but no damage. The condition rates as excellent. 




Historical Description: The German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), as formed in 1935, and as they existed until the end of World War 2, consisted of the Army (Heer), the Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the Navy (Kriegsmarine). The Waffen-SS fell under the command of the Wehrmacht during the war. Each of these branches of service had a unique eagle design that was worn on both the formal dress and parade uniforms, and the field uniforms, of the members of that branch. These eagles were worn on soft headgear, including service and field caps, as well as on the uniform jacket. In the Heer, the Luftwaffe, and the Kriegsmarine, this eagle was worn on the chest of the tunic; collectors have termed these “breast eagles.” The Heer and the Luftwaffe generally used the same eagle style, though variations in color of the eagle or the backing distinguish between the two. The Luftwaffe used their own flying eagle emblem. The Waffen-SS sleeve eagle (and cap eagle) had wings that came to a distinctive tapered point. The cap, breast and sleeve eagles used by the various military branches were manufactured in many variations. There were machine-woven and machine embroidered versions, usually used by officers and NCOs. Hand-embroidered bullion wire eagles were typically for officers. There were metal eagles, for caps, or for uniforms that were intended to have detachable insignia. There were even eagles embroidered on camouflage fabric, intended for use on special field uniforms. There were also eagles in specific colors for use on tropical uniforms. Some of these eagles were mass-produced and are still common today. Others were, and are, very rare.



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