Product Description: This Luftschutz Messenger Armband is a textbook original in near mint condition. This pattern of armband is one of several that were used by specialized personnel of the Reichs-Luftschutz-Bund, the German air raid defense organization during WWII. This one bears the letter “M,” for “Melder,” and was intended for wear by dispatch riders and other messengers. It is Bevo machine woven construction, with a Latin letter M in white on a dark blue field. The long edges are finished with a woven selvage edge, typical for these Bevo armbands, and it is machine sewn together on the reverse, as it would have been issued. This Luftschutz Messenger Armband is crisp and very clean, with bright original color. There are no holes, stains or damage of any kind, and it does not appear to have ever been issued. These armbands are not common, and this one would be very 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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