Product Description: This Luftwaffe Deputy Air Defense Leader Armband is an excellent example of this rare and desirable military armband. It is constructed from thin, white fabric, with a detailed Luftwaffe eagle and swastika emblem that is Bevo woven as part of the armband (as opposed to being a separately applied patch). The upper and lower edges of this Luftwaffe Deputy Air Defense Leader Armband are trimmed with blue rayon Tresse, and there are also two vertical Tresse strips, one on either side of the eagle, that denote the specific position of the armband’s wearer. This example was worn, and has some slight staining and discoloration, from use and age. The blue Tresse shows some wear and tear, with a few small areas of fraying. It is complete, and still sewn together in the back. This Luftwaffe Deputy Air Defense Leader Armband displays very well and is in excellent condition overall.
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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