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Nazi Banner opinion

Post by FreemanOrrin1942 » 30 Sep 2019 02:13

Hey guys, I was wondering for a second opinion on my Nazi Banner. There is no markings on it and has a sleeve for a rod so you can hang it. The swastika to me looks printed on. The banner is 92 x 46 inches. There is some weird black stitching on the white circle, to me it seems like it was repaired at some time. It is has been in my family for close to sixty years. The story behind the banner is my 3rd cousin who was in Europe during World War II took it off a building in Berlin in 1945. Sometime after that he gave it to my grandfather and it has been in my family ever since. My cousin also gave my grandfather a Luftwaffe flight jacket with all kinds of medals and awards on it that my cousin took off a dead Luftwaffe pilot, but when my grandfather was in the service my great grandmother sold the jacket at a garage sale for $5.00. Anyway, thanks for your guys help.

Thanks, Calloway
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Re: Nazi Banner opinion

Post by John G. » 30 Sep 2019 07:56

Calloway, flag is real and in nice shape.... The war stories are mostly fantasy as there were no GIs in Berlin when swastika flags were hanging on buildings (maybe another city or town....Berlin sounds better) and most GIs wouldn't be stripping a dead pilot.... Usually pilots were in no condition to be stripped of anything after being shot down.... but war stories are just that... Stories. Not knocking them, just saying interesting but not of true historical value.
Point is, nice swastika German national flag, Not particularly scarce but good clean example.
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Re: Nazi Banner opinion

Post by FreemanOrrin1942 » 30 Sep 2019 13:35

Thanks for your help John G. I figured the story was somewhat fabricated by my family. So, what is the estimated value of this banner then?

Thanks, Calloway
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Re: Nazi Banner opinion

Post by John G. » 30 Sep 2019 14:13

4 x 7 1/2 swastika flag, double sided I assume, would be $125.00 to $250.00 depending on dealer or buyer...
Remember a dealer would pay 50/60% of their retail price if paying a fair amount imo.
Nice heirloom to keep in the family too.
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Re: Nazi Banner opinion

Post by eindhoven » 30 Sep 2019 17:10

Age old mantra to follow, buy the item not the story. Not to say the stories arent true in some cases but usually they just dont stand up, even from the veterans if you know your history. People embellish, even veterans, but the item will always stand on it's own merits.

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Re: Nazi Banner opinion

Post by history1 » 01 Oct 2019 21:34

John G. wrote:
30 Sep 2019 07:56
[...] most GIs wouldn't be stripping a dead pilot.... Usually pilots were in no condition to be stripped of anything after being shot down...[...]
There is no info that the Luftwaffen - pilot was shot down, John. It´s just "taken from a dead pilot". I rather think it was simply a POW who go stripped of his jacket, not a heroic deed and so the story was transformed into the dead pilot who wouldn´t use it anymore.

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Re: Nazi Banner opinion

Post by rlimike » 06 Oct 2019 00:12

John G. wrote:
30 Sep 2019 07:56
Calloway, flag is real and in nice shape.... The war stories are mostly fantasy as there were no GIs in Berlin when swastika flags were hanging on buildings (maybe another city or town....Berlin sounds better) and most GIs wouldn't be stripping a dead pilot.... Usually pilots were in no condition to be stripped of anything after being shot down.... but war stories are just that... Stories. Not knocking them, just saying interesting but not of true historical value.
Point is, nice swastika German national flag, Not particularly scarce but good clean example.
John G.
Yeah kinda like the stories that go along with daggers .... (they were all taken off a dead German officer)

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