WWII German Zugführer Armband

Condition: Near Mint

Base Material: Cotton

SKU: JW6112 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This WWII German Zugführer Armband is a scarce type. It was likely intended for use by a paramilitary organization. It’s made of a thin, blue, cotton fabric with a plain weave. The colors are bright and there is no sign of fading. The front of the armband is printed with the word “Zugführer” in Latin letters, in black ink. The inked letters are crisp, and the ink bleeds through to the back side of the fabric, a characteristic of period printing processes. The top and bottom of this armband are finished with factory style straight machine stitching, and the ends are joined on the reverse with a typical “French seam.” Inside, there is no tag or label. There is an “Oberkommando der Wehrmacht” ink stamp inside the back part of the armband, which was a widely available fake stamp, circa 1970s. Apparently someone (probably a collector) added this stamp to this original armband at some point after 1945. The stamp does not show through to the front side of of the armband and does not detract from the armband when displayed. There are no holes or tears, and no sign this armband was ever even worn. This WWII German Zugführer Armband is one that rarely comes up for sale. The condition rates as near mint.




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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