Pattern: ORG TODT
Product Description: This Org Todt Armband is a great example of this hard to find and desirable armband. It’s a textbook wartime style for the Organisation Todt, that appears to have been worn on a uniform. The NSDAP armband is a printed type, made of a thin white fabric that has been printed red with a black swastika. The dye used to print the armband is visible on the reverse, a typical trait of period printing. The top edge of the armband is adorned with a narrow “Org. Todt” band that is Bevo, machine woven, with black letters on a light gray band. The short edges of this armband are not sewn together, though there are remnants of some hand stitches that may have been used to affix this armband to a uniform sleeve. This Org Todt Armband is complete and sound, with bright colors. It shows slight wear and age toning, with light patina, but no damage. Overall, this scarce armband remains in excellent plus 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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