Product Description: This NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter Armband is a fine piece of political leader regalia. The body of this armband is made from a top quality, heavy weight red wool fabric. The wool retains strong original color, and has a nice smooth nap that shows virtually no wear. The top and bottom edges of the armband have light blue piping, indicating Orts level. The center of the armband has a roundel composed of a nice ribbed white disc and fine black rayon swastika, neatly machine sewn. The white fibers of the roundel show typical light age toning. The short edges of the armband are not sewn together in the back, which is standard for these political leader armbands. There is no RZM tag. There is one very small nip on this armband that can’t be seen unless you hold it up to light. This is a great representative example of an Ortsgruppenleiter Armband, that remains in excellent condition.
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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