Rare Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband

Condition: Near Mint

Pattern: Luftwaffe

Material: Cotton

SKU: E0280 Categories , Tags ,


Product Description: This is an original example of a very desirable Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband. This pattern of armband was issued to air crew for use if they had to bail out of an aircraft, to identify them to German units (or hopefully friendly civilians or police) on the ground. It’s printed in black ink on a thin yellow cotton fabric and features a flying eagle and swastika Luftwaffe organizational emblem over the wording “Deutsche Luftwaffe” (German air force). The edges are finished with white machine stitching, and the armband is factory sewn together in the back, as these were issued. On the inside, the black ink has soaked through the fabric and is visible in reverse, a typical trait of period printing. Also has an official acceptance stamp in black ink on the front. This Deutsche Luftwaffe armband has no stains or holes, and remains pristine and very clean. This is a scarce armband to find, and would be a great addition to a pilot or aircrew display. The condition is near mint.



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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