Product Description: This is a textbook original German Red Cross Armband. The official German designation for this armband was “Armbinde mit Neutralitätsabzeichen” (Armband with Neutrality Emblem), this was to designate non-combatants as understood in the Geneva Convention. This pattern of armband was worn by German military medicas as well as by medical personnel of some paramilitary organization. This one is typical German “Bevo” machine woven construction and features a red cross on a white cotton or linen band. It is sewn together on the reverse, as it would have been issued. The upper and lower edges are neatly finished with a woven edge as is typical for Bevo armbands. On the back, there is a small spot where a tag may have been affixed at one time, but there are no holes or damage; overall the band is crisp and appears to possibly be unissued. This Red Cross Armband has strong colors, displays great, and is 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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