Product Description: This is an outstanding example of the iconic and desirable Feld Gendarmerie Armband worn by German military police in WWII. It’s made of a thin, white fabric. The entire surface of the armband, with the exception of the lettering, has been printed with a green ink, that has soaked through to the reverse, as is typical. The lettering reads “Feld-Gendarmerie” (Field Police” in a Latin letter style. The fabric of this Feld Gendarmerie Armband is clean, and the green ink remains bright. The white fabric has toned from age, resulting in a yellowish color tint. There is no indication that this piece was ever issued or worn, and it appears to have only minor storage wear. It’s complete, still sewn together in the back, typically finished with machine stitching on the top and bottom edges, and has no holes or other damage to note. It’s a textbook original piece, and remains in excellent condition overall.
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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