Pattern: Heer Air Defense
Base Material: Cotton
Product Description: This German Heer Air Defense Leader Armband is a nice example of a tough to find and desirable Wehrmacht armband. The body of this rare armband is made of a white cotton twill fabric. The long edges are trimmed with blue rayon Tresse which has been factory applied with straight machine stitching. The center of this armband features a Bevo machine embroidered Heer eagle in black on a white backing, which is itself a rare and desirable eagle. This eagle is also factory applied to the armband, with zig-zag machine stitches. The short ends of the armband are sewn together in the reverse with a typical seam. This German Heer Air Defense Leader Armband shows a light age patina throughout, with typical slight toning to the white fibers. It is complete and undamaged, with no rips or holes, and is an attractive pattern that displays handsomely. The condition rates as excellent.
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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