Volkssturm Armband

Condition: Near Mint

SKU: JW3226 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Volkssturm Armband is a great example of the most commonly issued style of this armband type. The Volkssturm was formed in October of 1944 as a civilian militia, and some Volkssturm units were deployed in the final battles as the German Reich was overrun at war’s end. This one is textbook, made of a thin cotton fabric, screen printed with two German eagle and swastika emblems and the wording “Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht.” The ink used in the printing process has bled through to the reverse, a typical trait of wartime originals. The long edges of this armband are finished with machine stitching. The ends were sewn together at one time as well, but this seam has been opened, perhaps to allow this armband to be worn on a large garment such as a greatcoat (typical attire for Volkssturm troops in the winter of 1944-45). This Volkssturm Armband shows only light, even age and usage toning, and no rips or holes. It displays very well.



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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