Product Description: This Captured German Flag with Original Medals is a unique, eye-catching and rare survivor. Most of these veteran momentos were long ago disassembled, with the original components changing hands. This one remains complete with all of the original medals and pins. Every part of this is original pre-1945 and the additions appear to have been done by the veteran himself. The flag itself is double sided, made of cotton, with a separately applied printed swastika roundel. The hoist end of the flag has two original stitched metal swivel hooks for hanging. The flag is in excellent condition, with only a few areas of light staining. There is a period done ink inscription on the roundel, naming the flag to a “SGT Minar,” and stating that the flag was taken in Frankfurt on March 25th, 1945. The flag has been adorned with over 30 badges and pins. Among these are Heer/SS war badges including a Close Combat Clasp, a Panzer Assault Badge, and two Infantry Assault Badges. Kriegsmarine war badges are represented by an S Boat Badge and a Minesweeper Badge. There is a WWI pattern Black Wound Badge, and two examples of the Watr Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords- one zinc, and one Tombak. This captured German flag with original medals also includes a number of awards and membership pins for civil organizations, including Reichsarbeitsdienst insignia, five Hitler Youth membership pins, a Hitler Youth proficiency badge and a NS-Frauenschaft enameled member pin. There are military ribbon bars and rank pips, several tinnies (including some desirable and rare examples) and a US marksmanship pin. All of the pieces appear to be complete with intact original hardware, no damage was noted. This captured German flag with original medals would make an excellent collection backdrop, showing an enemy flag used as a momento by a veteran of the war.
Historical Description: The red flag with white central disk and black swastika was introduced by Hitler in the 1920s as the flag of the National Socialist political party. In 1933, shortly after the Nazis took power, this party flag was recognized alongside the black-white-red Imperial tricolor as one of Germany’s national flags. In 1935, the use of the tricolor flag was discontinued, and between September 1935 and May 8, 1945, the Nazi party flag was the sole national flag of Germany. From its creation in the 1920s through the end of the war, this swastika flag was made and used in endless variations, from the massive banners hung at Party Day rallies to small pennants, bunting flags, and hand-held paper flags distributed along parade routes. These flags, banners and pennants flew from ships, were hung from official and private buildings, and were displayed outside business and private homes. At the end of WWII, the Allied military governments abolished the use of all Nazi symbols, including the national flag. Most Third Reich era German national flags were simply destroyed.
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