Product Description: This is a textbook original example of the armband type that collectors have long referred to as the SA Sports Armband. It was actually worn by members of the SA-Wehrmannschaft, a paramilitary branch of the SA that was involved with military training of civilians during WWII. The armband is made of a red cotton material. It has a machine applied, Bevo machine woven roundel, with features a gold-colored woven swastika and sword, surrounded by a wreath. This is the design of the SA Sports Badge, which is why it was assumed by many that this was an SA Sports Armband. This armband is complete and remains stitched together in the back, as it would have been issued and worn. There is some minor staining to the red cotton, with some paint splatter on the back of the band. The roundel shows typical age toning but remains complete and undamaged. This armband has no holes and displays nicely. It 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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