WW2 GERMAN ARMY NCO’S OFFICER’S UNIFORM TUNIC BREAST EAGLE & SWASTIKA
Eagle is machine woven, national breast eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in it’s talons in bright, silver/aluminum flat-wire threads with interwoven tan accent threads on a cut-out, woven, field grey rayon base which is machine stitched on a cut-out field-grey wool backing. Measures 116mm wide.
The German army originally adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s national eagle by order on 17th February 1934, with instructions to have it applied to all steel helmets, visor caps, and tunics by 1st May 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 Officer’s ranks utilized hand or machine embroidered breast eagles while EM/NCO’s ranks utilized machine embroidered or woven breast eagles. 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. This pattern was primarily utilized on the service dress uniform and the M35 dress tunic but it can also be encountered on field blouses.
||5 x 5 x 2 cm