Product Description: This is a beautiful example of a desirable NSKK vehicle pennant. The NSKK was the National Socialist Motorized Corps, they trained in the operation of military and civilian vehicles and assisted with transportation in the buildup to WWII. The overall condition of this extremely attractive NSKK vehicle pennant is near mint. It shows only minor age to the oilcloth edging, and slight toning to the hoist rope. The red backing remains bright and vibrant. It’s double sided, with each side bearing a very intricate and detailed NSKK organizational emblem that is constructed with an interesting mix of Bevo style machine weaving, and chain stitching. This piece is totally complete, with its original rope and chromed metal hook. Car pennants like these were likely used by high ranking NSKK officers. This NSKK pennant is extremely impressive, loaded with eye appeal, and very hard to find- especially in this condition.
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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