Product Description: This Waffen SS Sleeve Eagle is the standard, enlisted issue type that was stitched the the sleeve of SS uniforms at the factories where they were produced. This one was never issued or used. It features the distinctive eagle and swastika organizational emblem of the SS, machine embroidered in silver-gray thread, on a backing of typical SS black woven wool. The reverse of this Waffen SS sleeve eagle shows the embroidery bobbin thread. This original eagle is textbook in all aspects. There are no stitching holes, no moth damage, and no stains, only extremely slight age toning. It’s an attractive and very collectible eagle that displays great, or that could be used to restore an SS uniform. It remains in excellent plus 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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