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L015261 DLV EM/NCO’S NATIONAL SLEEVE EAGLE SLEEVE. (DLV Ärmelhoheitsabzeichen)

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. DLV uniform regulations were first addressed on November 4TH 1933 and instead of the standard NSDAP Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), swastika armband, DLV personnel wore an NSDAP 1927 pattern, national eagle on the upper left sleeve of most the uniforms. Of Note: Allegedly the first pattern, Third Reich, political national eagle was personally designed by Adolf Hitler himself and was introduced on November 4TH 1927. NSDAP uniform regulations of January 1934 introduced a second pattern political style national eagle and a further modified eagle was introduced in 1936, and again in 1937 with a final form being introduced in April 1939. Even after the newer patterns of the NSDAP national eagle were introduced DLV personnel continued use of the 1927 pattern sleeve eagle. The national eagle sleeve insignia came in a machine embroidered version in silvery/grey threads for EM/NCO personnel, a hand embroidered version in silver/aluminum wire threads for company and field grade Officer’s ranks and in a hand embroidered, gilt wire version for General’s ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The insignia consists of a roughly, 2 1/8", (5.3 cm), diameter, pale blue/grey, ribbed cotton twill base with a machine embroidered, 1927 pattern, left facing, national eagle, with outstretched, pointed tipped wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons, in pale, silvery/grey rayon threads with a black rayon. The eagle has a roughly, 1 3/4", (4.5 cm), wingspan from wing tip to wing tip. The outer edge of the cotton twill base has a narrow, machine stitched on, pale, blue/grey rayon reinforcement strip and the reverse has a loosely woven, protective, white fabric backing. The insignia has no visible manufacturer’s markings and is in overall excellent, unissued condition with minimal age toning.

GRADE *****                             PRICE $205.00

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