RLB Officer Armband

Condition: Excellent

SKU: Y349 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a very nice example of the scarce RLB Officer Armband, for leaders in the Reich air raid defense organization. It’s made with Bevo machine woven construction, with the early, first pattern RLB organizational emblem (the initials RLB on a starburst, with a Nazi swastika emblem) very neatly executed on a light, sky blue band of thin fabric. The upper and lower edges of the armband are adorned with white cotton Tresse, indicating an armband for a member of the RLB in a leadership position. The ends of this RLB Officer Armband are sewn together on the reverse, and near this seam is the woven manufacturer code “30.” This armband is in excellent condition, with no holes or stains, and only very light toning to the light blue fabric, from the passing of time. It has an eye-catching look that displays great.



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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