Kriegsmarine Anchor NSDAP & Imperial German Flags Insignia

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW4676 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Kriegsmarine Anchor NSDAP & Imperial German Flags Insignia is a really interesting and attractive piece, not often seen. This cloth patch is likely a private purchase item, perhaps intended for use with civilian clothes; it could be the emblem of some civil club or organization or perhaps had some other specific significance. It likely dates from before 1935. This insignia is fully embroidered, in cotton thread, and depicts a white, Naval type anchor flanked by the pre-1935 German national flag on the left, and the swastika flag of the Nazi Party on the right. The reverse shows the bobbin thread of the embroidery. This Kriegsmarine Anchor NSDAP & Imperial German Flags Insignia is clean, and shows no stitch holes or other indication of having been worn. The white stitching shows only slight, expected toning from age. The condition is 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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