Product Description: This Service Werkschutz Armband is a great example of an armband that is not easy to find. The Werkschutz were a sort of factory protection police, employed by the factories but under the upervision of the Air Ministry. This armband is made of a thin yellow woven fabric, with a silky feel. The front of the armband is printed with a German national eagle and swastika emblem, and the word “Werkschutz” (Factory Protection) in Latin letters, all in black ink. The armband also is stamped with a service seal for a civil authority in the area of Kirchheimbolanden, in southwestern Germany. The long edges of this armband are finished with machine stitching, and the ends are stitched together. It probably dates from the later war period. This Service Werkschutz Armband shows only extremely slight age and wear, and remains 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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