N026480 NSKK VEHICLE PENNANT. (Wimpel)

BACKGROUND: The development of the NSKK, "National Sozialistisches Kraftfahr Korps" (National Socialist Motor Corps), can be traced back to 1923 when the SA introduced a "Kraftfahr Abteilung" (Motor Section) to transport personnel as required. In 1928 the SA Motor section was expanded to "Kraftfahrstaffeln" (Motor-squadrons). In an attempt to create a national motor corps, the NSAK, "National Sozialistisches Automobil Korps" (National Socialist Automobile Corps), was formed in April of 1930 as an NSDAP auxiliary organization, subordinate to the SA. In early 1931 Adolf Hühnlein was appointed as Chief of the NSAK and proposed a name change to NSKK, which was officially accepted in April of 1931. Shortly after the purge of the SA in the "Night of the Long Knives," in June of 1934, the NSKK was promoted to an official NSDAP organization, given independent status within the party and absorbed the SA Motor Squadron’s personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A multi-piece cotton construction pennant, 31cm across with a 17cm tall hoist edge. Sewn to both sides of its red field is a 85mm diameter white disk, upon which is machine woven a copper-colored, spread-winged eagle with a wreathed, mobile swastika, in black, in its talons. The disk is edged in black, and a black-edged banner, with "N.S.K.K." to it, also in black, extends beyond the disk and arches above the eagle. The edges of the pennant are reinforced with doubly stitched black leather, and its hoist edge has a tunnel loop to it, through which a white cord has been fed. The cord forms a loop to the top of the hoist edge, and extends 50cm from its bottom. Passing through the loop at the other end of the cord is a nickel-silver plated metal friction clip. Superb, untouched example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $339.00

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