Luftwaffe Tri-Colour Shield Decal
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The German Wehrmacht was composed of three main branches, the Heer (Army), the Kriegsmarine (Navy), and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). The Heer and Kriegsmarine uniforms were based upon the designs utilized by their predecessor organizations, the Reichsheer and the Kaiserliche Marine. Conversely, the Luftwaffe uniforms were based upon the uniforms worn in the sports and paramilitary organizations that were the forerunners of the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe uniforms were specifically designed to deviate from the designs of the other Wehrmacht service branches. It was also necessary that the uniforms differentiate between military and civilian pilots.
The national tricolour shield (red/white/black) is featured on the right side of the Luftwaffe Tropical Pith Helmet. It is identical to that used on pith helmets of the Heer (Army). It faces to the left. Early versions were made of brass, while later ones were made of light metal.
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