Product Description: This HJ Medic Armband is a rare and desirable piece of Hitlerjugend regalia. It was intended to be worn by a member of the Hitler Youth who had been trained in first aid. It’s Bevo machine woven construction, with an attractive red “life rune” on a white armband. There are a couple of very minor stains and smudges on the white fabric, but no real damage, and this does not show any indication of having been actually issued or worn. It’s still sewn together in the back. Inside, this HJ Medic Armband retains its original RZM paper tag. The tag has the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, the correct “B” tax code, and indicates that this armband was manufactured by the firm assigned the RZM number M4/374. The RZM tag is crisp, the red runic emblem on the front retains full original color. The overall condition is excellent, and this piece makes for an eye-catching display.
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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