Product Description: This Hitler Youth Armband Worn Example is a textbook original piece, with great character. It is clearly one that was worn on the uniform of a member of the Hitlerjugend. The construction of this armband features a Bevo woven red band with a central white stripe, and selvage edges at the top and bottom. A diamond shaped Bevo swastika emblem has been machine stitched to the front. Inside, there are small, neatly hand sewn male push snaps that would have been used to smartly affix this to the uniform sleeve. It has also been folded in and sewn in the reverse, to perfectly fit it to what was likely a child’s uniform jacket. This Hitler Youth Armband Worn Example is in excellent condition overall. It shows some minor staining on both sides, and also has two tiny pin holes on the front. These HJ member armbands are not rare, relatively speaking, but this personalized example is unique, and certainly didn’t spend WWII on a shelf. It’s a really cool example.
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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