Product Description: This Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband is a nice, clean, textbook example of this type of armband. These were worn by members of uniformed German civil organizations that worked as part of the armed forces during WWII. This Deutsche Wehrmacht armband is “Bevo” woven construction, with the wording (which means “German Armed Forces”) rendered in typical 1930s Germanic lettering and visible in reverse on the inside. The top and bottom edges have textbook woven borders. This armband is factory sewn together in the back, as issued. The original color of this Deutsche Wehrmacht armband remains nice and bright, and the armband is in overall excellent condition, with only very minor age toning, and no stains, holes or other damage.
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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