Product Description: The Stretcher Bearer Armband was worn by litter bearers at the front lines in combat. Wehrmacht “Krankenträger” (stretcher bearers) were trained in basic first aid, and tasked with collecting battlefield wounded and bringing them to collection points for treatment by medics. This Stretcher Bearer Armband features the word “Krankenträger” within a black border, neatly printed on a white cotton fabric armband. The black ink has soaked into the fabric and is visible on the reverse, as one expects to see with a wartime printed piece. It is finished with stitching at the top and bottom edges, and also in the rear, and is just as it would have been issued. There is minor, even, age toning to the white fabric, but no holes, stains or damage. The overall condition is excellent. It is as nice of an example of this variant of military medical armband, as one is likely to find.
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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