Product Description: This NSDAP Narrow Armband is a great example of this interesting Nazi armband variant. These narrow armbands are believed to be a late war type and exist without stamps, and also with a few different variations of stamped wording, of which this type- “NSDAP Partei-Bereitschaft”- is the most typical. This NSDAP Narrow Armband shows textbook printed construction on thin woven fabric and is finished with stitching at the top and bottom edges and also at the rear. The front of the armband, on either side of the swastika, bears the NSDAP Partei-Bereitschaft stamps, which are somewhat light and appear to have been hastily applied, as is typical. It is believed that these armbands had some purpose related to air raid protection. This one remains 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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