Product Description: This is a choice example of a desirable, wartime era DRK Red Cross Armband. It’s Bevo machine woven, with the wording “Deutsches Rotes Kreuz” (German Red Cross) in black Gothic lettering, around a central red cross emblem, on a band of thin white cotton. This armband pattern was worn by Red Cross nurses, as well as other RK personnel. The upper and lower edges of this armband are finished with machine stitching, and the ends are sewn together in the back as well, as it would have been worn. Inside, the woven lettering is visible in reverse, a result of the machine weaving process. This attractive DRK Red Cross Armband is in outstanding, excellent plus condition, with very bright original colors. There are no tears or staining. This is an ideal piece for a German medical or armband collection, that would be difficult to upgrade.
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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