Product Description: Very unique Liberation Red Cross Armband. This Armband is constructed from white linen with the wool red cross stitched to the center. located directed to the right of the cross is an official ministry of war ink stamp. on the rear of the armband is a silver buckle that is marked PARIS. We have been told that these particular style armband have been used in not only in WWI and WWII but after the war to concentration camp liberators. Overall the Liberation Red Cross Armband is in excellent plus condition with no staining, mothing or discoloration. It looks to have not been issued.
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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