Product Description: This is a very impressive and extremely hard to find DDAC car pennant, complete with the mounting pole used to affix this with a vehicle, and the original miniature pole top. Der Deutsche Automobil Club (DDAC) was the only authorized automobile club in Germany during the Third Reich. It provided roadside assistance to members and was closely affiliated with the NSKK. This DDAC car pennant is double-sided. Each side has a machine woven Bevo style DDAC emblem, featuring the German national eagle and swastika. This woven emblem is affixed to a white field, that is further ornamented with black and red chain stitching. The pennant shows typical age toning and some small minor stains on both sides. The pennant is absolutely complete and retains both of its original nickeled metal suspension hooks. This DDAC car pennant is affixed to a complete original mounting pole. The pole is made of metal with a silver finish and has a threaded fitting at the base for mounting on a vehicle, as well as fittings with screws for attaching the pennant. The pole top is zinc and bears the DDAC eagle and swastika organizational logo. This miniature DDAC pole top shows some age and has built-up age patina as well as a small crack in the upper part, but it remains complete. This pennant, alone, is not commonly encountered; as a set like this it is a rare find. It makes for a very impressive display. A choice item.
Historical Description: During the Third Reich and WWII, a wide variety of flags and pennants were used on German cars and vehicles. In the military, vehicle flags and pennants were used to indicate branch or rank, or specific command roles. The various civilian organizations also had vehicle flags and pennants for members of their organization or to denote the vehicles of officers, leaders or people in specific roles. Even political leaders had their own flags which were often rank specific. Some of the flags, especially military ones, were simply printed, and some were machine woven or stitched, while the flags for political leaders and the highest ranking military personnel were more decorative and often elaborately hand embroidered in bullion wire. Some vehicle flags were mass produced, including simple national flag type swastika emblem pennants that could have been bought by any patriotic supporter. Others were unique. These flags were attractive souvenirs for GI troops at the end of the war, and are eagerly collected today.
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