• Note: The Reichsadler, or National Eagle, was originally intended to face the right when used as a national symbol, and to the left when used for a NSDAP symbol, but somewhere along the line, they abandoned this concept, as you will see below.

    [Below: This is a cool-looking envelope from Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia), canceled in Prag on March 15, 1942. It celebrates three years within the German Reich. You can also see the postage stamps have been overprinted with the dates of the anniversary and eagles and swastikas. These were just normal Bohemia and Moravia postage stamps that they overprinted over. This was a professional government overprint, unlike most of the Sudetenland overprints (above is one) that were just done unofficially at the post office. For instance, you could buy a sheet of stamps at the post office with the new overprint on them.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Here are one hundred eagles and swastikas for ya! This is a sheet of rations stamps for the army. It says: 'Brotmarken für Wehrmachtangehörige' (Bread stamps for members of the Wehrmacht).]

    [Below: This is a VERY early postcard. It looks like someone might have handmade it.]

    [Below: Some sort of award?]

    [Below: This postcard is advertising a German athletic festival in Breslau.]

    [Below: This is gorgeous. It says: 'Reichsschulung burg der NSDAP Erwitte' (Reich training camp of the NSDAP Erwitte {Erwitte is in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany}). On the bottom is says 'Ehrenhalle' (Honor Hall).]

    [Below: This says:
    'Ich gab meine Stimme
    dem Führer!
    29. März 1936'

    (I gave my vote
    to the Führer!
    Reichstag election
    March 29, 1936).]

    [Below: This says:
    'Gautag der NSDAP
    10 Jahre Gau
    vom 16.-19 Juni 1938'

    (Gautag of the NSDAP
    10 years Gau
    East Prussia
    from June 16th to 19th, 1938).]

    [Below: Here is an NSDAP political uniform button. Damn, I should replace the buttons on my leather jacket with these...]

    [Below: Here is an NSDAP political overseas cap button.]

    [Below: Here is a diplomatic government officials uniform button.]

    [Below: Here is foreign office officials uniform button.]

    [Below: Okay, not an eagle, but it's so cool I had to add it. This is a Dutch National Socialist uniform button.]

    [Below: This postcard shows the Tank Destruction Badge. It came in two classes: silver for one tank and gold for five tanks. It was awarded for single-handedly destroying an enemy tank(s). Definitely one of the coolest awards in the Third Reich. Imagine coming into a dinner party sporting these bad boys. Everyone would immediately know you were bad ass. Just look at some of these supermen below.]

    [Below: This is Hanns Hönscheid.]

    [Below: Wow, these guys all have Knight's Crosses and numerous other very high awards.]

    [Below: This is Hauptmann Erich Löffler sporting Tank Destruction Badges sometime in 1944.]

    [Below: Mein Gott! This guy is a superman!!! His name is Günther Viezenz and he destroyed 21 tanks.]

    [Below: This postcard shows an eagle and an Iron Cross 2nd Class. In case you didn't know already, the 2nd Class Iron Cross has a ribbon, while the 1st Class is pinback (or less encountered a screw back) without a ribbon.]

    [Below: This is so cool, but then again pretty much all Party Day postcards are.]

    [Below: Here is a rare postcard from one of Göring's offices. It says:

    'Der Reichsmarschall
    des Großdeutschen Reiches
    Chef des Ministeramtes

    Ihr Schreiben vom __________ ist aus
    Gründen der Zuständigkeit an das Amt Z.A.-R. des
    Reichsluftfahrtministeriums, Berlin W 8, Lepziger Straße 7,
    weitergeleitet worden

    Heil Hitler!

    (The Reich Marshal
    of the Greater German Reich
    Chief of the Minister's Office

    Your letter of __________ has been forwarded to the Z.A.-R.
    Office of the Reich Aviation Ministry, Berlin W 8, Lepziger
    Strasse 7.

    Heil Hitler!

    Hmmm... I wonder what the 'Z.A.R.' is? Oh, and check out that tiny little Lutwaffe eagle on the corner of the postcard. Strange...]

    [Below: Tiny Luftwaffe eagle magnified.]

    [Below: Reverse of postcard.]

    [Below: 'Fliegerhorst Lüneburg' (Lüneburg Air Base). This airfield is still in existance today and is used for smaller, lighter aircraft.]

    [Below: Reich Party Day postcard. The lines in the background are from the 'Cathedral of Light', which was 152 anti-aircraft seachlights. This unique feature was used in rallies from 1934-1938. The British Ambassador to Germany, Sir Nevile Henderson, described it as 'both solemn and beautiful... like being in a cathedral of ice'.]

    [Below: This is a very odd unused air feldpost card. That eagle stamp looks unit made.]

    [Below: This is a rare 1936 Party Day postcard.]

    [Below: Here is a steel Wehrmacht beltbuckle.]

    [Below: Later in the war the Wehrmacht began using aluminum beltbuckles. I wonder why the eagles are facing opposite directions?]

    [Below: This rare SA postcard says 'Wehrkampftage 1942' (Military Campaign Days 1942). I love the eagle on this one.]

    [Below: This odd little card says
    Rhein Main

    Rhein Main

    [Below: Gau headquarters of the NSDAP in the former university buildings on Claudiusstraße 1. in Köln, Germany.]

    [Below: Here is how the building looks today.]

    [Below: This very simple little envelope shows that looks can sometimes be decieving... let's look at the cancel in the bottom lefthand corner. It says:
    '...lager Sachsenhausen
    Post Oranienburg

    (Camp Sachsenhausen
    Post Office Oranienburg
    Commandant's Office).]

    Yes, it is from the camp where all the boogeymen lived.

    [Below: This postcard shows a coat of arms with the words:

    'Tapfer, stramm und anständig'

    (Brave, Disciplined and Respectable).]

    [Below: This postcard is so beautiful and powerful! It says:

    Potsdam 1 u. 2 Oktbr'

    National Socialist
    Reich Youth Day
    Potsdam 1 and 2 October).]

    [Below: This is pretty cool. It is a Spanish Blue Division volunteer medal issued by the Spanish government.]

    [Below: This postcard is shows an eagle over a map of the Danube in Bulgaria. It says:

    'Kämpfend und siegend ging unser weg!'

    (We Made Our Way Fighting and Winning).]

    [Below: This is a fairly rare postcard for May Day, 1938.]

    [Below: Oddly this artwork was used ten years earlier on a postcard in Austria by the Deutscher Nationalsozialistischer Verein (German National Socialist Union) in Vienna in 1928. It's in color and says 'Hands Off the German Homeland'.]

    [Below: 'Zur Erinnerung' (In Remembrance). Beautiful...]

    [Below: This postcard says:
    'O Heilig Herz
    der Völker,
    O Vaterland!
    VI. Reichstagung
    der Auslandsdeutschen
    20. Aug. - 4. Sept.'

    (O Sacred Heart of the peoples, O Fatherland! VI Reich Conference of the Germans Abroad 1938
    Stuttgart Aug. 20 - Sept. 4).]

    [Below: Now here is a very rare postcard. It shows an SA man (Unit 7) and and a police man in mountain gear. 'Bückeburg' is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, on the border with North Rhine Westphalia. We also see the St. Hubert Cross, the Patron Saint of Hunters.]

    [Below: The St. Hubert Cross.]

    [Below: This postcard is for an SA sports school. It says:

    'Für Ehre, Freiheit und Brot!'

    (For Honor, Freedom, and Bread!).

    But we don't care about this, since there is no eagle, so let's get to the back of the postcard...]

    [Below: Here is an ink stamp on the back of the above postcard. It has an interesting SA stamp from Sachsen. The text above it says:

    'Ohne Parteistempel - Keine Gültigkeit!'

    (Not valid without Party stamp!)]

    [Below: Alpenland refers to an area in the Alps. This postcard was sent from Austria during the 1938 Anschluss. It says:

    Deutsche u. frei
    Untergruppe Alpenland West'

    (Alpine Country
    German & Free
    Subgroup Alpine Country West).]

    [Below: Here is a cool, seldom seen police postcard.]

    [Below: France during the German occupation. The sign says: 'Deutsches Soldatenkino' (German Soldiers Cinema). But, let's not get distracted, we're here looking for eagles. Check out the Organization Todt office. Wait, I just noticed something... is there an eagle above the cinema sign?]

    [Below: 'Ein siegreiches Jahr' (A Victorious Year - 1943). This is such a cool looking postcard. It is a very small print run by soldiers in the field.]

    [Below: 1933 Hindenburg postage stamp book. This is a rare item - (catalog value €900.00).]

    [Below: 1934 Hindenburg postage stamp book. This is another rare item - (catalog value €800.00).]

    [Below: 1933 postage stamp booklet. No eagle, but bear with me. Front.]

    [Below: 1933 postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1937 postage stamp booklet with stamps benefitting the WHW (Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes, or Winter Relief of the German People). Front.]

    [Below: 1937 WHW postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1938 postage stamp booklet with stamps benefitting the WHW (Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes, or Winter Relief of the German People). Front.]

    [Below: 1938 WHW postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1939 postage stamp booklet with stamps benefitting the WHW (Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes, or Winter Relief of the German People). Front.]

    [Below: 1939 WHW postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1940 postage stamp booklet with stamps benefitting the WHW (Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes, or Winter Relief of the German People). Front.]

    [Below: 1940 WHW postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1941 postage stamp booklet with stamps benefitting the WHW (Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes, or Winter Relief of the German People). Front.]

    [Below: 1941 WHW postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1939 postage stamp booklet. Front.]

    [Below: 1939 postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1940 postage stamp booklet. Front.]

    [Below: 1940 postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: 1941 postage stamp booklet. Front.]

    [Below: 1941 postage stamp booklet. Reverse.]

    [Below: This is just beautiful. Wow. It says: 'The Greatest Joy of the Soldier is Action'.]

    [Below: Close-up. I LOVE this eagle design!]

    [Below: A parade in the Ukraine for the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician).]

    [Below: This is a 1941 Red Cross package mailing label to a German POW in an Ottawa, Canada camp.]

    [Below: Beautiful commemorative coin from the Reich Party Day 1935. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Art of the above from a book cover.]

    [Below: Postcard showing the state headquarters of Blood and Soil in Goslar, a historic town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated at the foot of the Harz mountains.]

    [Below: A beautiful sandstone gravestone of an NSDAP leader. The sculptor is August Traupe, Bremen. It stood 1.45 meters high. It says: 'Stutzpunkt leiter der NSDAP Auslands Organisation SA Sturmbannfuhrer Heinrich Oldenburg' (Head of the NSDAP foreign organization - SA Sturmbannfuhrer Heinrich Oldenburg). He died in 1937 at 34 years old. At the end it says 'Ein kampfer des Fuhrers bis zum tode getreus' (A faithful fighter of the Führer to the death...).]

    [Below: 1943 General Government (Poland) souvenir sheet featuring the image of Copernicus. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Eagle close-up.]

    [Below: This 1939 book explains how England, or rather forces working in the shadows, started WWII. It's called:

    'Der polnische Feldzug
    England! Dein Werk!

    (The Polish Campaign
    England! Your work!)]

    [Below: Tiny little eagle on the opening page.]

    [Below: Inner page. The ink stamps tells us it is from a library in Karlsruhe.]

    [Below: Wow, look at this beauty. Can you imagine being awarded something like this?]

    [Below: Here is a document from the German railroad. It appears that this Gottlieb Bullinger was a 'Lokomotivheizer', which the best I can tell is some sort of train boiler operater.]

    [Below: Here is another document from the German railroad. Check out the oath at the bottom. It says:

    'Ich schwöre: Ich werde dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes, Adolf Hitler,
    treu und gehorsam fein, die Gefetze beachten und meine Amtspflichten gewissenhaft erfüllen,
    so wahr mir Gott helfe'

    (I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to the Führer of the German Reich and people, Adolf Hitler,
    observe the laws and fulfill my official duties conscientiously,
    so help me God).]

    [Below: Close-up of eagle.]

    [Below: Here are two common Third Reich zinc coins. Most of Europe switched to zinc for their coins due to a shortage of metals. It was a horrible, emergency metal. It easily corroded anf silver wash they put on them quickly rubbed off. Anyway, here are two examples.]

    [Below: These are little stamps you would get when you would donate old paper. The first one says:

    Inhaber dieses Abschnittes hat
    50 kg Altpapier
    Der Verbracherabschnitt
    ist gültig zum Bezug von
    5 kg packpapier
    500 Blatt Schreibmaschinenpapier'

    (Waste paper
    Consumer section
    Holder of this section has
    50 kg of waste paper
    The consumer section
    is valid for the purchase of
    5 kg of wrapping paper
    500 sheets of typing paper).]

    [Below: This is a 'TeNo' belt buckle (Technische Nothilfe, or Technical Emergency Help). If this is authentic it is very rare...]

    [Below: 1941 invitation card. It says:

    'NSDAP. Ortsgruppe Willich
    Aus Anlaß des 10jährigen Bestehens der Ortsgruppe findet
    am Sonntag, dem 2. März, nachm. 430 Uhr, im Saale der Pgn.
    Schiffer, Peterstr. eine
    statt, in der Gauleiter Staatsrat Pg. Florian spricht.
    Ich lade Sie zu dieser Festveranstaltung herzlichst ein und
    würde mich freuen, Zie bei uns begrüßen zu dürfen.
    Nach Beendigung der Großkundgebung wollen Sie sich einem
    kameradschaftlichen Zusammensein im Parkhaus einfinden.'

    (NSDAP. Willich local group
    On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the local group
    on Sunday, March 2, after 4:30 o'clock, in the hall of the Pgn.
    Schiffer, Peterstr.
    Large rally
    Gauleiter Staatsrat Pg. Florian will speak.
    I cordially invite you to this festive event and would be
    pleased to welcome you.
    After the end of the rally, you can join us for a friendly get-
    together in the parking garage.)

    Willich is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, it is 20 km west of Düsseldorf. The Florian they mentioned is none other than the great Friedrich Karl Florian, Gauleiter of Gau Düsseldorf.
    He served from in office from August 1, 1930 – April 17, 1945. After the war they put him in a concentration camp for years, but they never broke him, as much as they tried.
    After finally being released, he remained a dedicated National Socialist until his death.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Friedrich Karl Florian, 1934. Courtesy of the Bundesarchiv.]