Product Description: This original Hitler Youth Student Bund Armband with RZM Tag is in incredible condition. This pattern of armband was worn by members of the the National Socialist German Students’ League (Nationalsozialistischer deutscher Studentenbund) on their brown, political style uniforms. This armband is made of thin, fine red cotton, with two machine applied white fabric stripes running along its length. The center of the front of the armband features a large, Hitler Youth type diamond swastika emblem, which is Bevo, machine woven construction. Inside, this Hitler Youth Student Bund Armband retains its original RZM paper tag. The tag is close to perfect, completely intact, with a “B” tax code and the stamped manufacturer code A4/940. This armband is crisp and clean, with no sign of wear and only extremely minor age toning. It borders on near mint, and is certainly a choice 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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