Product Description: This Feuerwehrmann Firefighter Armband has a lot of character and a great, “been there” look. It’s made of a plain woven white fabric, and is emblazoned on the front with the word “Feuerwehrmann” (firefighter) and the number “11,” which may be an inventory or control number, all in black ink. It is also marked with two stamps, one a local administration stamp in blue ink, and the other a Third Reich type “Dienststempel” stamp with an eagle and swastika emblem. This Feuerwehrmann Firefighter Armband certainly appears to have been used, and shows some soiling, as well as a couple of small holes at the back, where it appears this was pinned together and attached to a jacket. It also shows its age, with some toning and discoloration. This is a scarce armband to find, and this example 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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