Product Description: This is a crisp, bright example of the desirable printed Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband. This printed style is visible in original photos and is quite a bit more scarce than the Bevo machine woven type. This one has bold, dark “Deutsche Wehrmacht” (German Armed Forces) print on a yellow cotton fabric. It is finished at the top and bottom edges and in the rear, with a few black threads remaining from when this was once sewn on to a uniform sleeve. There is a round “Dienststempel” ink stamp indicating the issuing authority, which has faded and is mostly illegible. There are no holes, stains or damage, and the overall condition remains excellent. The Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband was worn by uniformed members of civil and paramilitary forces, assigned duty with the German military.
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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