Rare Luftwaffenhelfer Lithuanian Armband

Condition: Near Mint

Material: Cotton

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Product Description: This is a very nice and very rare Luftwaffenhelfer Lithuanian armband. Luftwaffehelfer, also known as Flakhelfer, were youth volunteers who manned anti-aircraft guns as Luftwaffe auxiliaries. This is a textbook example of a very hard to find and desirable armband. The body of this armband is made of a medium weight plain woven white cotton fabric which has been printed with the yellow, green and red national colors of Lithania. The front of the armband is adorned with a diamond-shaped emblem which is also made of white cotton with printed graphics. The emblem features a red diamond with a white depiction of Vytus. This emblem is stitched to the armband with factory style straight machine stitching in white thread. The long edges of the armband are also machine sewn, and the short edges are joined in the back with a typical seam. The colors on this eye-catching rare Luftwaffenhelfer Lithuanian armband are strong and bright. It shows no damage or soiling, and appears to be unissued. Only 1,012 Lithuanians are recorded as having served as Luftwaffe auxiliaries during the Second World War, primarily as flak crewmen. This armband was made in small quantity and they are rarely encountered today. This one is in outstanding, Near Mint condition, and would be tough to upgrade.



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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