Original German WWII Army Heer Officer Vehicle Staff Car Pennant Flag Cutout Fabric Portions
Original Item: Only One Available. These are the cutout fabric portions of a desirable German WWII Army Heer Officer Vehicle Wimpel (Pennant), which would be flown on a small staff attached to the fender of the automobile or other vehicle it was attached to. We would surmise that these came from a pennant with a celluloid cover, which completely degraded. The stitching was then removed from the borders, and the fabric portions kept. The degree of wear on both is the same, so we assume they came from the same pennant originally.
The pennant displays the standard German WWII Wehrmacht Spread Wing Eagle, perched on top of a wreathed mobile Swas (hook cross). The Insignia is white on a field gray background, the correct color for an Army Heer officer. Both sides show some light staining, and measure about 7" x 12". The stitch marks where the border was attached can be seen, and there is even still some of the original white thread present. Also, there is some staining on the "header" end, probably from the attachment hardware.
A very nice set of Heer Staff Pennant cutout fabric sections, ready to display!
During the Third Reich and WWII, a wide variety of flags and pennants were used on German cars and vehicles. In the military, vehicle flags and pennants were used to indicate branch or rank, or specific command roles. The various civilian organizations also had vehicle flags and pennants for members of their organization or to denote the vehicles of officers, leaders or people in specific roles. Even political leaders had their own flags which were often rank specific. Some of the flags, especially military ones, were simply printed, and some were machine woven or stitched, while the flags for political leaders and the highest ranking military personnel were more decorative and often elaborately hand embroidered in bullion wire. Some vehicle flags were mass produced, including simple national flag type swas emblem pennants that could have been bought by any patriotic supporter. Others were unique. These flags were attractive souvenirs for GI troops at the end of the war, and are eagerly collected today.
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