Product Description: This M40 Army Bevo T-Eagle cap insignia is a nice, clean example of a relatively scarce pattern of Heer cap eagle, in strong excellent condition. This pattern of insignia, with a gray Heer eagle and national colors cockade on a “T”-shaped field gray backing, was introduced in 1940 and was initially intended for use of the “Bergmütze” mountain cap used by Gebirgsjäger units. This eagle style was later widely used on the M42 field caps issued to all Army branches, and remaining stocks continued to be used even later on M43 caps, where they were folded as a trapezoid. This insignia is textbook “Bevo” flat machine woven construction. It is unissued, with no creases or stitch traces, and only very slight age toning. The backing is a typical thin field gray rayon. The reverse of this M40 Army Bevo T-Eagle cap insignia is also typical, and shows details of the machine woven construction. This eagle displays well and would be great for a collection of wartime German Army insignia.
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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