Product Description: This NSDAP Flag is a nice, original example, that would be a great accent piece for a display. The size of this flag is a very displayable 11.5″ x 8.5″ (29cm x 21cm). The main body of this flag is made from a fairly sturdy red cotton material. It is double sided, with a printed swastika roundel machine stitched on each side. The edges of the flag are folded and finished with machine stitching in red thread. There is no rope or sleeve for a pole; this flag appears to have been tacked on to a wooden pole, from which it was rather roughly removed, probably by the veteran who took this as a souvenir. The condition of this NSDAP flag is very good. There is a hole and a tear on the hoist end, from being removed from the pole. The red fabric shows very slight fading from age, and the white fabric of the roundel shows typical toning. These flags have become more difficult to find and remain very popular with collectors.
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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