Product Description: This Variant Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband is a really rare and interesting one, with a great look. It’s made of a thin, yellow fabric, sewn together in the back, and finished at the top and bottom edges with machine stitching. The front of this armband is printed with the Gothic letters “D. W.” (for “Deutsche Wehrmacht”, German Armed Forces) as well as a large, detailed German eagle and swastika emblem. The ink appears to have faded somewhat over time, though it has soaked through the fabric and is visible on the inside (as is typical), and the protected area inside shows the original dark color of the ink. The front of this Variant Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband has a round ink stamp, of the standard “Dienststempel” type, that indicates the authority that issued this armband. The condition of this armband is excellent, showing some traces of wear and use, and two small pin holes at the corners where it appears this was hung on a wall at one time- possibly as a veteran’s trophy. This is a very seldom seen and desirable variant of this military armband type.
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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