BACKGROUND: On March 16TH 1936, one year to the day, after the reintroduction of conscription Adolf Hitler announced the revival of the Imperial German Army’s tradition of bestowing unit Standards, (Colors), as a symbol to perpetuate the lineage of the newly forming Wehrmacht with that of the Imperial German Army. Most of the new Standards were designed by the renown German artist Paul Casberg who incorporated many of the Imperial Standards emblems with the inclusion of the NSDAP’s swastika and the branch of service base coloration. The first Standards were bestowed by Generaloberst Hermann Göring to twelve Luftwaffe units on April 21ST 1936. On September 14TH 1936 at the Reichsparteitage, (National Party Day), held in Nürnberg the first army unit Standards were bestowed by Generaloberst und Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres Werner Freiherr von Fritsch to sixteen assorted army units. Further bestowal of unit Standards continued through-out the pre-war years but they were discontinued, with a few exceptions, after the outbreak of the war. This miniature toy example was in likelihood either a "gift" from the annual WHW ,Winterhilfswerk, (Winter Assistance Work), charitable donation event of the, or an item to commemorate the annual Armed Forces Day. The miniature toy Standard is quite a precise replica of the actual unit Standard.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 35mm tall, 35mm wide, molded grey plastic miniature toy Standard with embossed and painted detailing. The Standard features a central, embossed Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings facing the staff, (facing towards the enemy), encompassed by a circular oak-leaf wreath which is superimposed on a large Iron Cross. The central motif is flanked at all four corners by an embossed, canted swastika. The hoist edge of the Standard has the suspension staff with the Wehrmacht style eagle finial, while the fly end has a horizontal, "V", swallow-tail, (hussar cut), indentation. The top bottom and fly outer edges of the Standard have the appropriate fringe trim. The eagle, the center of the Iron Cross and the swastikas have a black painted finish, the base has a bright red branch of service painted finish while the frame of the Iron Cross, the oak-leaf wreath, the suspension staff and finial and the fringe are in the grey of the base plastic representing silver. The reverse of the Standard has embossed script, "Artillerie", (Artillery). The reverse also has its original horizontal pin back device intact. Neat item.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $25.00

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