Unissued 2nd Pattern Bevo Panzer Breast Eagle

Condition: Near Mint

SKU: JW3860 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This unissued 2nd Pattern Bevo Panzer Breast Eagle is a textbook original. This style of machine woven breast eagle, with a white German Army eagle and swastika emblem on a black background, was a style that was factory applied on the black wool Panzer wrappers worn by enlisted men and NCOs. The backing is a typical thin black rayon fabric. The front is perfect, with no fraying or other damage, and almost no age toning to the white threads of the eagle emblem. The reverse shows details of the machine woven construction, and the backing fabric has some small spots of adhesive and paper residue, likely from having been pasted into a scrapbook at one time (perhaps by the veteran who took it as a souvenir). This Bevo Panzer Breast Eagle has no stitch holes and has never been folded to be sewn to a uniform. It’s a very attractive eagle, in 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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