Product Description: This desirable Waffen SS Sleeve Eagle is a textbook original example. It is machine embroidered, with the distinctive eagle and swastika organizational emblem of the SS embroidered in silver gray thread. The backing is typical black SS wool, tightly woven, and retaining all of the original nap. This is an unissued piece, as manufactured, and never having been sewn on a uniform sleeve. The reverse of this Waffen SS Sleeve Eagle shows a typical thin backing fabric, supporting the embroidery. This backing fabric has some very minor fraying to the edges, that does not affect the eagle in any way. This piece has no issues and rates a very strong excellent. It displays great on its own, or could be used to restore an SS uniform jacket.
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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