Product Description: This German Naval Air Defense Leader Armband is a very well-preserved example of a rare military armband that is seldom seen. The body of the band is made of white cotton fabric. The front of the armband is adorned with a naval anchor, which has been Bevo machine woven in black and yellow thread. The woven stitching is perfect, and the colors remain strong. The long edges of the armband are trimmed with blue cotton twill tape which has been factory applied with straight machine stitching. The short edges of this armband are joined on the reverse with a typical factory seam. This hard to find Naval Air Defense Leader Armband is complete and undamaged, with no tears or holes. There are a few areas of light soiling, but the cotton fabric still remains very white. It’s a desirable piece of Kriegsmarine insignia that displays nicely and remains in excellent plus 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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