H088773 NCO/OFFICER'S BREAST EAGLE. (Hoheitsabzeichen)
BACKGROUND: The German army originally adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAPís 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. The eagle came in three distinct designs with two having slightly different out-stretched wings and the third with down-swept wings. Generally Officerís ranks utilized hand or machine embroidered breast eagles while EM/NCOís ranks utilized machine embroidered or woven breast eagles. The early, standard issue, EM/NCOís 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. This pattern was primarily utilized on the service dress uniform and the M35 dress tunic but it can also be encountered on field blouses.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Machine woven, national breast eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in itís talons in bright, silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a cut-out, woven, grey/green rayon base which is machine stitched on a green badge cloth backing.
GRADE **** PRICE $69.00
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