Product Description: This SS M43 Panzer Trapezoid is a textbook original piece. This pattern of insignia was intended for wear on the black M43 field caps worn by tank crew members in the Waffen-SS. It features an SS eagle and swastika emblem over a Totenkopf, in silver-gray thread on a black trapezoidal background. It’s Bevo, machine woven, on a backing of typical thin black rayon. The reverse of this SS M43 Panzer Trapezoid shows typical details of the machine weaving, as well as some small spots of adhesive residue from having been mounted in a scrapbook long ago. This is an unissued piece, with no stitch holes or any traces of wear. There are a few minor wrinkles, but no stains or holes. The condition of this desirable SS Panzer cap emblem rates as excellent plus.
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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