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Original German WWII National Socialist State Veteran's Association Flag - NSRKB

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Original Item: Only One Available. The Kyffhäuserbund (English: Kyffhäuser League) is an umbrella organization for war veterans' and reservists' associations in Germany, founded in 1900 to unify the various veteran's groups in Germany. It owes its name to the Kyffhäuser Monument (German: Kyffhäuserdenkmal), a memorial built on the summit of the 473 m high Kyffhäuser mountain near Bad Frankenhausen, in the state of Thuringia in central Germany. It was not a political affiliated organization, and was open to all German war veterans.

When the National Socialist party came into party however, as with all national organizations, the group was absorbed under the NSDAP umbrella. In the name of Gleichschaltung (Co-Ordination or NSDAPfication), the Kyffhäuserbund was after the NSDAP takeover of power in 1933. Five years later, its name was altered to NS-Reichskriegerbund ‘Kyffhäuser’ e.V. (National Socialist Reich Warriors Association ‘Kyffhäuser‘), becoming the sole and exclusive organization representing the Veterans´ interests in the Third Reich. The organization would then be disbanded in March of 1943 and its members would be drafted into Volksturm service in 1945, as the fall of WWII Germany approached.

The flag of the group, which previously had an Image of the Kyffhäuser Monument in the middle, had that replaced with a Swas (Swas). This is inside the Iron Cross emblem of the Kyffhäuserbund, displayed in the center on a red background.

The flag would normally have a black header on one side, however this example was torn off its mounting, so almost all of the header is missing, and there is no seam on that side. The flag is of wool construction, and has age toning as well as holes from wear and storage.  Still, it presents quite nicely, and the red tones are quite vibrant. It measures approximately 44" x 44".

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