Product Description: This Luftschutz Air Raid Warning Service Armband is in excellent condition. These were worn on the uniforms worn by the men and women of the Luftschutz-Warndienst, an German air raid defense organization tasked with giving German cities and town advance notice of incoming enemy bombers. It was worn low on the sleeve, as a cuff title. This Luftschutz Air Raid Warning Service Armband is Bevo machine woven construction, with “L. S. Warndienst” in white Gothic lettering on a green background. It is full length, with the maker identification “K. & A. N.” in small white letters on one end. The reverse of this Luftschutz Air Raid Warning Service Armband shows the text in reverse, as is typical with Bevo machine woven insignia. There is some slight age toning to the fabric, but no signs that this was ever sewn on a uniform. It is an attractive and desirable piece of Luftschutz regalia.
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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