Product Description: This German Factory Engine Assembly Armband is a rare armband. This one was used at an aircraft engine factory in Hamburg, Klockner Flugmotorenbau. This factory made engines for the Luftwaffe and was a target of Allied bombing raids. This Factory Engine Assembly Armband is made of a thin, red fabric, with a large Latin letter “A” printed on the front. The “A” is also visible in reverse on the inside, a typical result of the thin, dye-like ink that was used in the wartime printing process used to make these. It has an issue stamp on the front, indicating it was issued by a defense authority at the factory. This one was obviously used, and has some slight fading, as well as soiling from wear. It is complete, and sewn together in the back. There are no holes or major damage. These are not common in any form, and this one, with a clear tie to a specific factory that was a part of a critical war industry, is particularly desirable. It remains in excellent 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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