Product Description: This Late War NSDAP Armband is in outstanding, nearly mint condition. It is crisp, with bright colors, and except for some extremely minor age toning, it is just as it was when it was made at the factory. This one likely was never issued and was probably taken from a factory or shop as a GI souvenir. It’s a simple screen-printed band, made from a single piece of fabric, finished with stitching along the edges, and sewn together in the back. The ink soaks through to the reverse, as one would expect to see with screen printing from that era. Overall, this Late War NSDAP Armband is a perfect example of this armband variant, and an iconic piece of cloth insignia of the Third Reich.
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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