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 30mm square, molded grey plastic miniature toy Standard with embossed and painted detailing. The Standard features a central, embossed Luftwaffe style eagle facing the staff, (facing towards the enemy), encompassed by a horizontally oval laurel leaf wreath with rays emanating outwards to all four corners with recessed canted swastikas to each corner. The hoist edge of the Standard has the suspension staff with the Luftwaffe style eagle finial. The top bottom and fly outer edges of the Standard have the appropriate fringe trim. The eagle, the laurel leaf wreath, the fringe and the staff and finial are all in the grey of the base plastic representing silver, the base has a brown branch of service painted finish, the swastikas and the edge of the extended rays have a black painted finish while the rays have a white painted finish. The reverse of the Standard has embossed script, "Luftnachrichtentrupe", (Air Signal Troops), and the marking "4We". The reverse also has its original horizontal pin back device intact.

GRADE ****                                                         PRICE $34.00

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