Product Description: This Deutsche Wehrmacht Variant Armband is a really interesting example. The Deutsche Wehrmacht armband was worn by uniformed German members of civil, political and paramilitary organizations, such as the Reichsbahn and RAD, that were attached to the German armed forces for reasons of war necessity. The standard form of this armband has “Deutsche Wehrmacht” woven or printed in large, Gothic letters, and is perhaps the most common type of Third Reich military armband. This variant type is vastly more rare. It is constructed of a thin, yellow fabric, of the standard width. It is sewn together in the back, and is finished at the top and bottom edges with machine sewing. The front of the armband has the “Deutsche Wehrmacht” armband in small, Latin text, printed near the top edge. This Deutsche Wehrmacht Variant Armband appears to have been issued, and shows traces of age and use. There is some slight fading and discoloration, and some paper remnants on the reverse that could be the remains of a paper tag. The front also features a faint round “Dienststempel” issue stamp, which is mostly washed out and illegible. The condition is excellent.
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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