Soviet POW Laborer Armband

 Condition: Excellent , Looks to be unissued


SKU: C11303 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a rare and unissued original example of the Soviet POW Laborer Armband. This pattern of armband was worn by forced laborers from the Soviet Union who were sent to Germany for labor. It’s made of a thin, blue fabric, with large printed “SU” lettering on the front. “SU” was also painted on the clothing given to these Soviet laborers. This Soviet POW Laborer Armband is complete, as it would have been issued; the reverse is sewn together, and the upper and lower edges are finished with machine stitching. The condition of this armband is excellent. It has bright original color, crisp fabric, and is very clean, with so sign of ever actually having been worn. It’s a desirable armband, not often seen, and this one would be very hard to upgrade.



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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