Product Description: This Hermann Göring Cuff Title is a great, representative example of a uniform removed sleeve band. It’s made of a deep blue wool fabric, which retains strong original color. It’s about 12 inches long. The unit identifier “Hermman Göring” is neatly machine embroidered in capital Latin script, in white thread. The exterior surface of this cuff title shows light wear and slight soiling, with some light toning to the embroidered wording. The long top and bottom edges are folded over and finished with blue machine stitching. On the reverse, this Hermann Göring Cuff Title shows remnants of the stitching that was used to apply this to a uniform sleeve, with some fibers from the uniform still evident as well. There is a black backing fabric to the embroidery, beneath the folded edges. This desirable cuff title has no moth holes or other damage, and remains in excellent condition overall.
Historical Description: Cuff titles (Ärmelstreifen) are uniform accoutrements that have been used in the German military since the 19thcentury. Intended to foster a certain sense of ‘esprit de corps’ amongst members of the armed forces, they were authorized for wear by members of designated units for the duration of their service time within that unit. In the event of transfer out of the unit, the cuff title was to be removed from the service member’s uniform. During the Third Reich, the German military continued this tradition by instituting honorary cuff titles to certain ‘special’ formations. This practice is perhaps most well-known for its application amongst Waffen- ϟϟ units. Cuff titles were also authorized for wear within all branches of the Wehrmacht (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well. These unit-specific cuff titles are not to be confused with others, which were awarded for participation in a certain campaign. The tradition, within the German military of wearing cuff titles, continues into the 21st century with certain honor guard contingents of the Bundeswehr being permitted to wear unit-specific cuff titles.
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