Product Description: This first pattern RLB Officer Armband is an attractive, textbook original piece. This pattern of armband was worn by leadership ranks of the Reichsluftschutzbund, the German voluntary air raid defense organization before and during WWII. This one is typical Bevo machine woven construction, and features the early type Luftschutz organzational emblem, with “RLB” and a swastika in dark blue, superimposed on a starburst design. This emblem is woven on a light blue band. The upper and lower edges of this RLB Officer Armband have machine sewn cream-colored cloth rank Tresse, indicating a leadership position. This armband is stitched together in reverse, with a woven “30” manufacturer code near the seam. The overall condition of this armband is excellent. It has light toning from age and handling, and there is a minor, light stain on the front. There are no holes or major damage to note. It’s a fine example.
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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