Product Description: This is a great, representative example of a hard to find Luftschutz Firefighter Armband. These were worn by members of the branches of the Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB), who had the specific task of extinguishing incendiary aerial bombs and the fires they caused. These armbands were worn on the sleeve of the work coveralls of the fire-fighting crews. This Luftschutz Firefighter Armband is made of a textbook red cotton material, with typical machine sewn construction. It shows some wear from use, with about 10 small pinhead-sized holes on the rear, as well as one little cut, about 1/4 of an inch long. The front part of the armband is undamaged. This Luftschutz Firefighter Armband displays great and remains in excellent overall condition. A scarce type to encounter, missing from most armband collections.
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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