Product Description: This is a great and attractive example of the desirable Luftschutz NSDAP Armband. It was worn by members of the Nazi party who were participating in air raid defense activities as volunteers. The armband is made of a white fabric, with a twill weave. The armband is printed in green ink. The entire surface of the armband, with the exception of the lettering, is covered with printing; the result is white lettering on a green field. The “Luftschutz NSDAP” wording is in a large and eye-catching Gothic letter style. This Luftschutz NSDAP Armband has two issue ink stamps on the front, in red ink. These are unfortunately no longer legible. The long edges of this armband are finished with machine stitching, and it is also sewn together in the back. It’s in excellent condition, with only slight age toning, and no holes, stains or other damage.
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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