H004388 EM/NCO'S M39 BREAST EAGLE. (Hoheitsabzeichen)
BACKGROUND: The German army originally adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP's, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker's Party), national eagle by order on February 17TH 1934, with instructions to have it applied to all steel helmets, visor caps, and tunics by May 1ST 1934. Later amendments to the introductory order stipulated that the national eagle was also to be worn on all field caps, the sports uniform and the black panzer wrap tunic. The eagle came in three distinct designs with two having slightly different, out-stretched wings and the third with down-swept wings. Generally officer's ranks utilized hand or machine embroidered breast eagles while EM/NCO's ranks utilized machine embroidered or machine woven breast eagles. During the war the breast eagles were manufactured in a variety of slightly different manufacturing techniques and colorations. The early standard issue EM/NCO's M36 breast eagles were in white threads and were to be abolished in 1939 to be replaced with a less visible, grey, M39 breast eagle but the changeover was never fully completed. The early produced M36 and M39 breast eagles were mounted on a dark blue/green base while later production models were on a field-grey base. Both the M36 and the M39 breast eagles were intended for wear on the combat field blouse.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: M39 pattern, machine woven national breast eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in it's talons, in pale grey rayon threads on a cut-out, woven blue/green rayon base.
GRADE ****3/4 PRICE $49.00
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