Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband – Variant

Condition: Exc

SKU: JW1276 Categories ,


Product Description: Scarce variation of the Deutsche Wehrmacht armband, far more rare than the standard type usually encountered. The Deutsche Wehrmacht armband was worn by German personnel who were assigned temporary duty with the Armed Forces. It was worn by members of the German national railway, by labor battalions, and by civilian secretaries. This example is made of cotton (as is typical) and features the printed wording “DEUTSCHE WEHRMACHT” (German Armed Forces). There is a faint ink stamp of an issuing authority, most likely a military duty station in this case. The armband is mostly clean, with a couple of small smudges which may be a result of simple wartime printing methods used during manufacture- nothing that detracts. The Deutsche Wehrmacht armband was made in several variations of which this is among the very hardest to find, desirable.


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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