Interested in the German Special Forces Eagle? Learn more about the placement of the eagles for German Special Forces and on Third Reich Flags…
The German Special Forces eagle was similar to the swastika holding eagle shown as the Nazi National Eagle. This was printed officially on the steel helmets used in combat by the German Special Forces.
Military Placements of the German Eagle Emblem
There are special eagles like the Wehrmacht eagle, which is quite similar to the Weimar Arms Eagle except that it is based on a swastika. The eagle was seen on the Special Forces steel helmet used by the Navy and Army. The emblem is a white eagle printed on a dark green background on a shield shape. This was placed on the left side of the helmet. On the right side of the helmet was the shield with stripes in black, white and red printed in a diagonal manner.
Waffen SS Eagle
The Waffen-SS wore a similar style of eagle emblem on the left sleeve but it did not match the one utilized by the special Armed Forces in Germany. Interestingly enough the police force had a completely different style. Therefore, it is safe to say that each division of the Ministry and police force along with the Special Forces in Germany had slightly altered styles of the German national emblem. From party badges to military use and as national symbols you could see a plethora of design options.
The version utilized on the German flag is known as the Reichsdienstflagge. The one commonly known as the National Eagle is the one used on the Armed Forces equipment and uniforms. This was established by Hitler’s Führer standard when he became the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces following the death of the President von Hindenburg in 1934. Hitler had taken on the presidency as the Führer and Reich Chancellor.
The special kind of flying eagle that was linked to the Air Force in Germany or the Luftwaffe is known as the Luftwaffe eagle and was also considered as Hoheitszeichen. With the passage of time, the eagles on the party cap evolved and looked similar to the ones used by the Armed Forces. The major divisions of the Army concentrated on using the National Eagle.
By 1934 the Nazi symbols were actually incorporated in the Armed Forces due to the Deutschland Agreement. Since the agreement was signed on board the armored cruiser called Deutschland it was agreed by Hitler that the special forces would be the ‘sole bearers of arms for the Reich’. He furthermore tried to suppress the military forays of the SA which he managed to achieve.
Use of the Eagles by the German Military
There were four main styles of the Germany eagles utilized by the ministry from the years 1933 to 1945. Two of these were the Wehrmacht eagles. The first carried the wings of the eagles in a downward position and was posted on the flags and standards. It could also be seen on the helmets of the German army and the German Navy known. The second eagle had its wings stretched out and was printed on the caps as well as the breast pocket of these two divisions. This eagle had its wings spread out and slightly modified for use by the German Air Force or the Luftwaffe.