Product Description: This is a great, representative example of a hard to find Luftschutz Firefighter Leaders 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 Leaders Armband is made of a textbook red cotton or artificial cotton (rayon) fabric, with typical machine sewn construction. White fabric strips machine sewn to the upper and lower edges of the armband indicate a Leader rank. The armband retains bright original color, and shows no signs of wear or use. This Luftschutz Firefighter Leaders Armband displays great and remains in excellent overall condition. This is a rare armband.
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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