Product Description: The Armed Forces Service Armband was worn by non-German personnel who worked for the German armed forces in the occupied areas, as translators or secretaries, as local security, or for other purposes. This is a textbook original, in near mint condition. The front of this Armed Forces Service Armband is emblazoned with “Im Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht” (On Duty with German Armed Forces), neatly printed in black ink on a white cotton armband. It is sewn together at the reverse. This armband is extremely clean and shows only extremely slight traces of age. It does not appear to have ever been actually worn. It’s virtually pristine, and as an example of this type of military armband, would be almost impossible to upgrade.
Historical Description: Nearly every military, civil, political and paramilitary organization in existence during the Third Reich used armbands. Armbands were worn on military and civilian uniforms and also on civilian clothes, from suit jackets to work clothing. They were used to denote membership in organizations, to indicate a specific role or function of the bearer, and as insignia of rank. Many organizations would change the design of their armbands over time, which added to the variety produced. These were manufactured in countless variations, ranging from simple printed bands to elaborately hand-embroidered pieces of the highest quality. Some Nazi armbands were worn by all members of large organizations and were made by the millions. Others were intended for use at a specific time and place and were unique. Many types were made in very limited numbers. Some bore metal insignia or special identifiers that indicated the wearer’s rank, unit affiliation, or nationality. Armbands were sometimes but not always marked with ink stamps by the issuing authorities.
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