Product Description: This Hitler Youth Armband with Stamp is a great example of this iconic piece of Hitlerjugend insignia. It’s three piece construction, with a white central stripe machine stitched to the red armband, and a Bevo woven diamond shaped swastika emblem sewn over that. To the left of the swastika emblem, there is a fantastic authorizing ink stamp of a Hitler Youth unit, which looks to be Bann 233. There are three pin holes on the front of this armband where it appears something was pinned on at one time. On the reverse, there is some glue and paper residue, likely the result of being pasted into a veteran’s scrapbook. The overall condition of this Hitler Youth Armband with Stamp is excellent, with typical, light age toning throughout. It’s a textbook HJ armband, with bright colors and the crisp issue stamp giving it loads of visual appeal.
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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