Product Description: This Luftschutz Decontamination Armband is a perfect example of one of the rarest of the many armbands used by specialized personnel of the WWII German air raid defense organization. This pattern of armband was intended for members of the Reichs-Luftschutz-Bund tasked with decontamination in the event of a chemical attack on German cities and towns, by enemy air forces. It is made of a thin fabric, in multiple parts, rather than being printed. A broad, central black stripe is bordered above and below by stripes made of white fabric, all neatly stitched together. There are no markings on this Luftschutz Decontamination Armband. It is stitched together in the bvack, as it would have been issued and worn on coveralls or other Luftschutz work clothing. The condition of this armband is outstanding, with no holes or stains or other damage. It would be extremely hard to upgrade.
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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