Product Description: This Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband has a great, worn look. It is obviously not a piece that spent WWII on a shelf. The Deutsche Wehrmacht armband was worn by uniformed civilians from organizations such as the RAD and Reichsbahn, tasked with working with the German armed forces. This one is Bevo woven construction and is textbook in all respects. The outside shows obvious signs of wear, with light age fading, some fraying to the top and bottom edges, and an even, old patina. There are a few small spots from age or soiling but nothing that especially detracts. The rear of this armband is unstitched, possibly to facilitate wearing it on garments of different sizes (such as a tunic and a greatcoat). This Deutsche Wehrmacht armband is in very good condition and has wonderful character.
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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