NSDAP Armband Narrow, Partei-Bereitschaft

Condition: Excellent

SKU: Y309b Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This NSDAP armband narrow version is a textbook original example. The exact purpose of the NSDAP Partei-Bereitschaft armband is still unknown, but it is believed to have been related to air raid defense. It is typical late war printed construction, on a very thin woven fabric. The ink used to print the armband was thin and has soaked through the fabric like a dye, a typical result of the wartime process used to print these. This NSDAP Armband narrow type is finished at the top and bottom and also at the rear with white stitching. The front bears a Nazi swastika within a white circle. On the front of the armband, on either side of the swastika, it is ink stamped “NSDAP Partei-Bereitschaft.” The stamping has the appearance of being hastily applied, as is typical with these. The overall condition is excellent.



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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