Volkssturm Armband

Condition: Near Mint

SKU: JW3227 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Volkssturm Armband is a textbook original example. These armbands were sometimes the only “uniform” issued to members of the late war German civilian militia, and there were many variants, with this one being the most widely used style. This one is printed, as most of these were. It is made of a fairly coarse, thin fabric, with a plain weave. The original colors are strong. This armband is finished at the top and bottom with machine stitching, and is also sewn together in the back. Inside, the printing is visible in reverse, a typical result of period printing techniques. This armband is in great condition, with no damage, and only slight toning. It would be a great addition to a late-war display.


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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