Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband

Condition: Near Mint


SKU: JW5705 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband is a very clean and choice original example. This pattern of armband was worn by uniformed members of German political, civil and paramilitary organizations, serving as auxiliaries in the German military. It’s Bevo, machine woven construction, with the wording “Deutsche Wehrmacht” (German armed forces) in Fraktur lettering. The wording is in black thread, on a backing of yellow-orange cotton. The original colors remain bright, with no soiling or fading, and only extremely slight age toning. The reverse is neatly factory machine sewn together with a typical “French seam.” There is no tag or marking inside, which is typical for these. This armband is virtually pristine, with no stains, holes or other damage. It’s crisp and beautiful, and remains in outstanding, near mint condition.



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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