Product Description: This Enlisted 2nd Pattern RLB Armband is a nice, well-marked example of this less common armband type. This pattern of armband was worn by enlisted members of the Reichsluftschutzbund, the German voluntary air raid defense organization before and during WWII. This one is typical, machine woven construction. It features the second pattern Luftschutz organizational emblem, which is a large, black Nazi swastika superimposed on a starburst. The emblem is woven on a light blue cotton or rayon band. The reverse of this Enlisted 2nd Pattern RLB Armband is neatly machine sewn together. Near the seam, it is marked with the maker code “H & F” as well as “ges. gesch.” indicating a legally protected design. This armband is in excellent condition, with light soiling and a few dirt smudges here and there. There are no holes or damage. This armband displays very nicely.
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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