Product Description: This SS Tropical Sleeve Eagle is a virtually pristine original example of a piece of insignia that is starting to get harder to find, especially in this condition. It’s a textbook, BeVo machine woven patch, with the distinctive SS eagle and swastika organizational emblem in tropical tan on a black background. The backing is a typical thin rayon fabric. This pattern of sleeve insignia was factory applied to the tropical “Sahariana” jacket of the Waffen-SS and was also sometimes used on the 1944 pattern Erbsentarn camouflage field jacket. This example is unissued and virtually perfect, just as it would have been cut from a factory roll. It has never been sewn to anything or even folded. It has strong original color, and no tears, staining, mothing or other damage. This SS Tropical Sleeve Eagle displays exceptionally well, and would be tough to upgrade. It’s in outstanding, near mint condition.
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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