HJ Armband with Vet Added Insignia

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Unknown

Material: Cotton

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Product Description: This HJ Armband with Vet Added Insignia is a really neat piece, very typical of how many veterans chose to keep or display their war souvenirs. The Hitler Youth armband itself is a nice three-piece example, with the Bevo machine embroidered diamond swastika emblem and white central stripe stitched to a red cotton band. The armband is stitched together in the rear, and appears to have been worn, with some threads remaining from having been applied to a uniform sleeve, as well as light fading and soiling. The armband has two pieces of metal insignia stitched on by the veteran. On the left, is a zinc NSKOV breast eagle. Most of the original finish on this has faded, and it has reverted to the dull gray color of the base metal. On the right, is an early Reichsarbeitsdienst organizational emblem, made of aluminum, and intended for wear on the “Robin Hood” type field cap. Both of these are stitched to the armband with the same thread, obviously done long ago. The rear of this HJ armband with vet added insignia has two adhesive residue marks on the rear from having been mounted to something in the past. These veteran souvenir pieces are getting harder and harder to find intact like this.


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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