Rare RMBO Armband

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW3494 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This rare RMBO Armband is a very hard to find piece, intended for use by the “Reichsministerium für die besetzten Ostgebiete” (Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories), an administrative organization tasked with controlling the vast occupied areas of the Soviet Union. This armband features a machine embroidered RMBO eagle, machine stitched to a band of thin tan rayon, with brown fabric edging at the top and bottom. The eagle emblem is beautifully executed in gray thread on a brown wool backing, with only light age toning, and no damage. The armband has been folded for decades, and on the right side, it has begun to separate slightly along the crease. There is also a small tear on the top of the band, at the edge. The armband is sewn together in the reverse, as it would have been issued. This very interesting and rare RMBO Armband 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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