L013364 DLV VEHICLE PENNANT. (Fahrzeug Wimpel)

BACKGROUND: Although there had been a civilian flying organization, entitled, DLV, Deutscher Luftfahrt Verband, (German Aviation Association), formed in Bremen in 1902 it wasn’t until March 25TH 1933 that the DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), was established by incorporating all civilian flying clubs into the one organization. In September 1933 the DLV was further enlarged by incorporating the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment), and SS, Schutz Staffel, (Protection Squad), Fliegersturm, (Assault Flight), groups. The DLV was utilized as a camouflage, civilian organization to train personnel for the future Luftwaffe, (Air-{Weapon}, Force). As a civilian organization it was able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, which prohibited a German military air service. The DLV was divided into two distinct groups with the main group consisting of civilians commanded by Hauptmann a.D. Bruno Loerzer with Hermann Göring as honorary president and the Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), the clandestine core of the newly forming Luftwaffe under control of the RLM, Reichs Luftfahrt Ministerium (National Ministry of Aviation). With the official unveiling of the Luftwaffe on February 26TH 1935, the DLV lost a substantial amount of its manpower and its previous function as a secret training ground for future pilots was rendered redundant. As a result the DLV was disbanded on April 17TH 1937 with its remaining membership being absorbed into the newly re-constituted NSFK, National Sozialistisches Flieger Korps, (National Socialist Flying Corps). Of Note Originally established in January 1932 the NSFK had been absorbed into the DLV in March 1933. The NSFK was mainly a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid personnel. The NSFK’s mandate covered all aspects of civilian flight and the organization was divided into three main sections consisting of aircraft, balloons and glider flight.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 16cm tall, 28cm long, triangular, dual sided, mid-blue rayon construction pennant with machine woven DLV insignia to either side. DLV insignia consists of an encircled, mobile swastika against a vertical, winged propeller. Shows the expected age toning, but overall nice condition. Attractive pennant. Scarce.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $569.00

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