Product Description: Civilian Wehrmacht Armband The yellow Civilian Wehrmacht Armband was worn by uniformed German personnel who were attached to the Armed Forces during WWII. Often, these were worn by men of the Reichsarbeitsdienst and Reichsbahn who were operating with the German Army in the occupied countries. This is a great example, in very good condition. This Civilian Wehrmacht Armband armband is a textbook cotton style, machine embroidered armband with issue stamp. The armband is overall crisp, with no signs of real wear. It bears the wording “Deutsche Wehrmacht” (German Armed Forces) in a Fraktur lettering style. This one has a nice, original issue stamp on the front. The stamp indicates that this Deutsche Wehrmacht armband was issued by a Wehrmeldeamt, an Armed Forces recruiting office. It was probably intended for wear by a secretary or assistant at the recruiting office. This Civilian Wehrmacht Armband is a nice one, made especially desirable by the issue stamp.
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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