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SS officer must change his cap eagle if he wants to sell his cap to collectors.

Article about: see the personage behind Himmler who is charting his own path with cap badges. How silly of him. Not textbook.

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    Well there goes his Nuremberg defense!! "I was only following orders?" about that, we have this photo

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    Im curious though of the long armed reach of the SS how they penetrated into a sphere of German life and also within their own Political structure.

    Im still intrigued by the use of the Gauleiter cap eagle and this particular SS Officers role . Regards Larry
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

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    So would it be possible that this Gent was a Gauleiter and also given the Honorary SS rank and on official occasions wore this type of cap eagle??

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    You know by the photos there were lots of different Eagles used on SS caps. But 70 years later a collector can never be sure when or by whom an eagle was attached. The funniest one I remember seeing was over 40 years ago. A person brings a box of original German items to a Gunshow. Inside is a black SS Kepi with a Police Shako eagle attached to the front. I am sure some vet punch the holes in the Kepi and mounted the eagle.

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    Smile .. !
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    I would doubt all of these men used this type of eagle from their function as Gauleiter ..
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    " Proper " SS eagles , skulls or leather straps were of course not always available .
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    Some may have ended up at other branches , but this is much more rare ..
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    @ Winkelman, interesting first pic... Maybe Feininger didn't invent this concept after all?

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    No blind allegiance here, but I prefer the Heer adler... with the Totenkopf, a sharp combination, especially on a Gray cap.

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Size:  72.3 KBThanks to you all for some fine additions to this thread.

    As a veteran of more or less forty years in military bureaucracy in several nations, I find the naivete of collectors about regulations versus the actual face of life in armies,
    navies, and air forces (in which nearly none of these experts have served) to be a source of endless satire.

    There is an inverse relationship between the sanctimonious expostulations of certain internet tub thumpers and their actual experience of how the human objects of regulations and compliance react to such things. The story of same in the SS actually was not astonishingly different from other entities, truth be told. But this fact is lost in many English language collector secondary sources, even when some of these, oddly enough, have been written by personages with a military biography.
    Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 01-15-2016 at 04:30 AM.
    damit, basta.

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