Product Description: The Heer Deputy Air Defense Leader Armband is a very hard to find and very desirable German Army armband, and this is a great example. The front of this striking armband features a Bevo machine woven German Army eagle patch, in black thread on a white background, machine stitched to a white cotton armband. The upper and lower edges of this armband are trimmed with a sky blue rayon tresse, and there are vertical tresse bands on each side of the central Heer eagle patch, indicating the specific position of this leader within the Heer air defense organization. This Heer Deputy Air Defense Leader Armband is in excellent condition, with no holes or damage, and only typical, minor age toning to the white fabric. This is a piece of German Army insignia that is missing from most collections, and not often encountered.
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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