Original German WWII Service Worn Army Heer Officer Vehicle Staff Car Pennant Flag
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice service worn example 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. This example is fabric, with embroidered insignia and borders, and a fantastic aged look.
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. The pennant is double sided, with the same embroidered insignia on both sides. The pennant measures about 8 " H x 13" W, and is definitely shows some wear and staining.
It looks like it originally had a metal frame inside, which rusted out, and stained the fabric of the flag. This also caused the back of the header to rot out, as well as some areas around the edges. Most likely there were also some hooks on the end to attach it to the vehicle as well.
Loaded with eye appeal, this service used example is sure to make a great addition to any collection!
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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