Product Description: This is a textbook, original example of an extremely desirable FJ Division Cuff Title. It’s made of an extremely fine, dark green woven wool badge cloth. The words “Fallschirm-Division” are neatly machine embroidered in Gothic lettering, using white thread. The exterior of this attractive sleeve band shows light wear, with some age toning and light soiling, but no mothing or other damage. The long upper and lower edges are finished with dark green machine stitching. On the reverse, this rare FJ Division Cuff Title shows remnants of blue stitching that was once used to affix this to the sleeve of a uniform (likely a Fliegerbluse). The reverse of the embroidery shows the correct thin backing fabric. This pattern of cuff title is a tough one to find. This one is in excellent condition.
Historical Description: Cuff titles (Ärmelstreifen) are uniform accoutrements that have been used in the German military since the 19thcentury. Intended to foster a certain sense of ‘esprit de corps’ amongst members of the armed forces, they were authorized for wear by members of designated units for the duration of their service time within that unit. In the event of transfer out of the unit, the cuff title was to be removed from the service member’s uniform. During the Third Reich, the German military continued this tradition by instituting honorary cuff titles to certain ‘special’ formations. This practice is perhaps most well-known for its application amongst Waffen- ϟϟ units. Cuff titles were also authorized for wear within all branches of the Wehrmacht (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well. These unit-specific cuff titles are not to be confused with others, which were awarded for participation in a certain campaign. The tradition, within the German military of wearing cuff titles, continues into the 21st century with certain honor guard contingents of the Bundeswehr being permitted to wear unit-specific cuff titles.
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