M43 Army BeVo Trapezoid Eagle Cap Insignia

Condition: Excellent

Pattern: M43

Base Material: BeVo

SKU: JW3785 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a nice, unissued example of an M43 Army BeVo Trapezoid Eagle Cap Insignia. This is the first type of this insignia, created in 1943 for wear on the German Army “Einheitsfeldmütze” field cap. It’s typical Bevo flat machine woven construction, with a gray German Army eagle and swastika emblem over a national colors cockade, on a field gray trapezoidal backing. This was the pattern of eagle most commonly used on wartime Heer M43 caps. This one has been folded for affixing to a cap, but there are no stitch holes; it has never been used. The reverse of this M43 Army BeVo Trapezoid Eagle Cap Insignia shows the folded thin field gray rayon backing. There is some typical light age toning, but no significant damage; the condition is excellent. This patch would be perfect for restoring an M43 cap and also displays well on its own.



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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