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E+ "Infanterie-Regiment List"
Cufftitle (Ärmelstreiffen)

The honor title "Infenterie-Regiment List" was awarded to the 19. Grenadier-Regiment on 8.31.1944 when they inherited the traditions of the disbanded Grenadier-Regiment 199 of the 57. Infenterie-Division following their destruction. The inclusion of the name "List" can be traced to Adolf Hitler, who had served in WWI as a Gefreiter with the "Bayerisches Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16", which was named "List" after it's commander Oberst Julius List. The inclusion of the name denoted that the 19th was to carry on the traditions of the Führer's Imperial Bavarian Regiment 16. Only members of the Grenadier-Regiment 19 were allowed to wear this honor title on their left sleeve... so I think it's safe to say this is an extremely rare artifact.

This scarce beauty is in amazing condition considering the fact it was removed from the 19th Infantryman's tunic. The threads used to stitch the band together at the seam are mostly intact, and I see remnants of the off-white thread that was used to sew the band to the tunic sleeve along both edges. The 16" inch (40cm) band was constructed from a dark green wool with off-white Russia-braid borders in rayon. The honor title "Infanterie-Regiment List" was machine embroidered with an off-white rayon thread in a "copper-plate" font. There's no insect damage but it is heavily soiled... which should be expected considering the fact it obviously saw combat.
A240 LAYAWAY
NM+ "Fallschirm-Division"
Cufftitle (Ärmelstreiffen)

This rarely seen cufftitle was authorized for wear by members of 7.Flieger-Division. This Fallschirm division was formed in 1938 and was responsible for commanding all of the Luftwaffe's paratroopers. They were reported as combat ready on 1.9.1938, just in time for "Operation Grün" which was the planned invasion of Czechoslovakia, but that operation was put on hold and eventually cancelled following the 2nd Anschluss (Union/Annexation) aka "Return of the Sudetenland" (Bohemia) on 1.10.1938. They did participate in the 1939 invasion of Poland though, but as motorized infantry in mid September. Most personnel of the 7th Flieger-Division were used in the invasion of the Nederlands. For example, elements of the division were successfully used in April of 1940 when they captured key airfields in Denmark and Norway during "Operation Weserübung".

The band on this minty beauty was constructed from a dark green doe skin wool with machine embroidered Gothic text in a light gray rayon, which indicates "other ranks". This 19" inch (48.5cm)title was authorized for wear on the right forearm of the Tuchrock, Waffenrock, and Fliegerbluse. Absolutely beautiful, unissued, and a rare find in this condition.
A259 LAYAWAY
NM Extremely RARE Officer's 4th Pattern Großdeutschland Cuff Title.

The Großdeutschland Infantry Regiment was so named on June 12th 1939 when the "Wachregiment (Guard Regiment) Berlin" of 1921 was given Infantry Regimental status. Special uniforms and insignia were introduced for all personnel who eventually went on to form the cadre of the elite Panzer Division Großdeutschland in May of 1942. The GD Panzer Division cuff title was originally introduced for wear by all ranks with 4 distinct variations produced through out the war with minor modifications.

The 4th and final pattern GD cuff title was introduced in late 1944 and featured "Copperplate" script which replaced the more commonly seen "Sütterlin Schrift". However, if you look at my photos you'll notice the "s" in "Deutschland" is a Roman font rather than Copperplate, so I sent a scan to Bob Hritz for his opinion. He claimed this is the 2nd GD title he's ever seen with this variant "s" and it's very likely the officer who had this piece made insisted on this design. Therefor, this is considered an extremely rare variant example that was privately purchased and made according to the officer's specifications. It was hand embroidered in silver bullion (bright aluminum) thread on a fine doe skin wool with aluminum Russia-braid borders. There's no significant wear, but this piece was obviously sewn on a tunic. It was cut a little shorter to fit the cuff, but otherwise it's in perfect condition with no significant damage. See pages 75-78 in "German Military Cuffbands" by Gordon Williamson & Thomas McGuire for more information.
A087 HOLD
M- Land Customs Official
Cufftitle (Ärmelstreiffen)

This simple yet attractive cufftitle was authorized for wear on the lower left sleeve by all customs personnel below the rank of General. The German Customs Service, which dates back to 1934 when the original Customs Union was formed, was divided into 2 separate branches... the "Zollbeamte" (Customs Officials) and the "Landzollbeamte" (Land Custom Officials), which was subdivided again into the "Zollgrenzschutz" (Land Customs Border Guards) and the "Wasserzollbeamte" (Water Customs Officials).

Measuring 16.5" inches (42cm), this near mint beauty was constructed from a woven green rayon band, machine embroidered with chained stitched borders and a Customs eagle in bright aluminum "flatwire".
A258 HOLD
HEER LUFT
HEER, LUFTWAFFE, KREIGSMARINE, CIVILIAN, POLITICAL, ETC. ARMBANDS HJ NSDAP
* * * * * * * The armbands listed on this page with the "BEIERSMANN" factory graphic in the thumbnail, and several other pieces of insignia listed on my "Insignia" page, were purchased directly from an Ewald Beiersmann family member who inherited a large collection of mint and unissued cloth insignia that came directly from the factory...which I'm told is still located and operating as a doll factory in Wuppertal-Langerfeld, Germany. I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a selection of insignia from this collection and am proud to be able to offer it to you here at the TR Depot. Click on the thumbnail to see the Ewald Beiersmann & Sohn card the descendent was kind enough to share with me. * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
M- Blue RFG ReichFeuerGeschütz(?)
Armband (Ärmelbinde)

I researched the insignia on this armband for hours, searching multiple possibilities for the "RFG" initials, but I came up with nothing, zilch, nadda.... so I'd appreciate some input if you recognize it. My "ReichFeuerGeschütz" (National Fire Protection) theory is based on the crossed ladders. A weak theory I know... but nothing else seams to work with the initials and the symbolism.

I purchased this armband and the red version listed below with a small collection of veteran acquired souvenirs so I'm inclined to believe it's Third Reich. Both armbands are constructed from natural materials that pass both the burn and black light tests so I belive they were made before the 1950's. The bands are 100% cotton and the roundels are machine embroidered "BeVo like" with black and white rayon thread. In fact, the white background of the insignias are embroidered EXACTLY like the NSDAP armband A253 listed below. The insignia on this band was embroidered on a red cotton cloth, then crudely cut and machine sewn to the blue band. The insignia on the red band listed below was machine embroidered (BeVo like) directly on to the red cotton band.
A255 HOLD
M- Red RFG ReichFeuerGeschütz(?)
Armband (Ärmelbinde)

See my description for A255 listed above.

The insignia on this armband was machine embroidered (BeVo like) with black and white rayon thread directly onto the red cotton band.
A256 HOLD
F+ DRKB-Deutscher ReichsKriegerBund (German National-Veteran's-Association) Armband (Ärmelbinde)

The DRKB of WWI was based on the DKB-Deutscher KriegerBund, which was originally formed after the Franco-Prussian War in the 1870's. This newly formed Third Reich era Veteran's association amalgamated with most of the early veteran groups creating one national organization before being renamed the NS-RKB (National-Sozialistische ReichsKriegerBund) on 29.3.1938. Their insignia often featured a silhouette of the veteran's monument on Kyffhäuser Mountain over the black, white, and red flag of the Weimar Republic, which was eventually replaced by the Nazi flag.

The black wool band doesn't show any signs of use, but it's infested with moth damage with multiple holes through out. Fortunately the machine embroidered (BeVo like) shield is undamaged and in mint condition.
A242 HOLD
E++ SA Sports Badge Armband (Ärmelbinde) with "Sturm 22/165 Duderstadt" District Stamp and a Paper RZM Tag.

Worn by SA judging officials, umpires, time keepers, and track officials working at the official sports events for members of SA and other NSDAP formations who were competing for the SA Sports Badge.

2 piece construction on a red cotton band with a bronze/gold colored Sport-Abzeichen (SA sports badge) machine embroidered with silk rayon thread on a white satin rayon disc. The off-white oil paper RZM tag is printed with light blue ink and features a large "B" on the left indicating the level of difficulty of construction, which is fairly simple in this case, "A" being the simplest and "F" being the most complicated. Next to the "B" is a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and the manufacturer's code number (illegible) in blue colored pencil. Under this is "Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) der NSDAP" with a large "O" and the lot number "No 013291" in black. The reverse features a very nice district stamp that reads "SA der N.S.D.A.P." around the top with "Sturm" (squad) and "22/165" (group number) on either side of an early National eagle with the district of "Duderstadt" at the bottom. Although this piece appears to be unissued, the red band is slightly faded, and the white roundel yellowed from decades of exposure and aging.
A231 HOLD
E+ SA Sports Badge Armband (Ärmelbinde) with Paper RZM Tag.

Worn by SA judging officials, umpires, time keepers, and track officials working at the official sports events for members of SA and other NSDAP formations who were competing for the SA Sports Badge.

2 piece construction on a red rayon band with a bronze/gold colored Sport-Abzeichen (SA sports badge) machine embroidered with silk rayon thread on a white satin rayon disc. The off-white paper RZM tag is printed with light blue ink and features a large "B" on the left indicating the level of difficulty of construction, which is fairly simple in this case, "A" being the simplest and "F" being the most complicated. Next to the "B" is a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and the manufacturer's code number "308" in purple ink. Under this is "Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) der NSDAP" with a large "Q" and the lot number "No 399326" in black. It's difficult to determine if this band was unissued, but there is some very minor damage (wear) to the gold embroidery on the right side of the wreath.
A230 HOLD
M- Romanian Air Force Technical Specialist Armband.

Multi piece construction from black wool band with a yellow wool diamond in the center. The diamond is trimmed with 3 strips of brown, yellow, and brown rayon piping similar to Russia braid. Brown for is ground staff and gold is for technical specialists.
A097 HOLD
NM Civil Servant Armband.

I believe this is the precursor to the yellow civilian style "Deutsche Wehrmacht" band. The "B" is for Bau-construction, civilian working for the HEER. Absolutely textbook chain stitching and construction.
A099 HOLD
M- Luftschutz Armband, Variation.

Constructed from light green linen with a black "L" silk screened or "printed" in the center.
A105 HOLD
TALLEYS TALLEYS CAP TALLEYS TALLEYS TALLEYS
KRIEGS KRIEGSMARINE MÜTZENBAND OR SAILOR'S CAP TALLEYS

The Kreigsmarine Cap Talley identified the vessel or unit the individual served with so I decided to place my talleys on this page with my cuff titles rather than my insignia page. The talley was worn on the "Donald Duck" style sailor’s cap which was based on a design that dates back to the Prussian Navy. Originally these caps were issued with a named talley to identify the vessel or land unit the individual was serving with. On November 1st, 1938 the Navy introduced the "KRIEGSMARINE" cap talley which replaced the named cap tallies as a security measure in the case of active mobilization. Personnel who had no possible contact with the outside world retained the privilege to wear the named tallies until mid 1940 when additional orders restricted wear of all named cap tallies, except for personnel of the NCO preparatory schools. The text on the talley was originally done in a gilt wire, but this was replaced with a golden celleon thread in October of 1936 due to problems with tarnishing and discoloration, but this new regulation was not always adhered to.
CAP TALLEYS
M- Segelschulschiff Gorch Fock Cap Talley

Sister ship to the Horst Wessel, the Gorch Fock is a German 3 masted "barque" or sailing ship built by the Blohm & Voss ship yard of Hamburg. Construction began on December 2, 1932 and was completed only 100 days later. On May 3, 1933 she was launched and baptized "Gorch Fock" in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym "Gorch Fock". She originally served as a training vessel for the German Reichsmarine, but was utilized as a stationary office ship in Stralsund during most of WWII until she was officially reactivated on April 19th, 1944. On May 1, 1945 the crew scuttled her into shallow waters off Rügen, an island in the Baltic Sea, in an attempt to avoid capture by Russian troops. However, the Russians raised and salvaged her in 1947, and restored her from 1948 to 1950. The ship was renamed the Tovarishch (Russian for Comrade) in 1951 and put into service once again as a training vessel. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union she sailed under the Ukrainian flag in 1992/1993. In 1995, she was transferred to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for repairs, but this was not to be. In 1999 she moved again to Wilhelmshaven and was finally acquired by private sponsors who transferred her back to her original home port in Stralsund, Germany where she was re-baptized Gorch Fock on November 29, 2003. Although efforts are being made to reactivate her, she's a museum ship today and it's doubtful whether she'll ever sail again.

Measuring 5' feet 3.5" inches (160mm) in length, this is an early pattern, pre 10/29/1936 talley. The text reads "Segelschulschiff Gorch Fock" in Gothic script, machine woven in a gilt flat wire thread. The band is a black rayon with diagonally cut ends to create a swallow-tail affect when it hangs from the cap. It's in amazing condition with no signs of wear, but the gilt wire shows some mild tarnish giving it a copper colored patina.
A195 HOLD
E+ T. S. Tannenberg Cap Talley.

Pictured here in 1936, the TS Tannenberg was an HAPAG (Hamburg-Amerikanlache Paketfahrt-Aktien Gesilachaft) Ocean Liner or Steamship. The HAPAG or "Hamburg-American Line" shipping company was founded in 1900 with it's first "greyhound" ship the "Deutschland." The HAPAG was a private corporation almost as dear to the heart of the Kaiser and his people as their Navy. With the fasted steamships in the world, HAPAG blazed the way for German trade and commerce to the uttermost corners of the globe. I was unable to find any information on the TS Tannenberg herself, but I assume her name commemorated the "Battle of Tannenberg" in 1914 when the German 8th Army annihilated Russia's 1st and 2nd Armies in "The Great War", or perhaps she was named after Otto Richard Tannenberg who was a well known Pan-German writer who published "Greater Germany: The Work of the Twentieth Century" in 1911 where in he urged his countrymen to create a great European empire by uniting all German and German-related peoples.

Measuring 3' feet 3" inches (98mm) in length, this is a 2nd pattern, post 10/29/1936 talley. The text reads "T.S. Tannenberg" in Gothic script, machine woven in gold celleon thread with the HAPAG flag on the left and an NSDAP party flag on the right. The band is a fine black silk with diagonally cut ends to create a swallow-tail affect when it hangs from the cap. There's some small holes at both ends that look like mothing, but I think this is just damage from use. Other than the holes it's still in excellent plus condition with no damage to the embroidered flags or text.
A193 HOLD
M- 5. Zerstörer (Destroyer) Cap Tally.

At the outbreak of WWII the Kriegsmarine had 21 Zerstörers (destroyers) with 19 more brought into service during the war. Zerstörer class ships were generally known by the year of their design with the first 4 built since WWI known as the "1934 class" and the next dozen known as the 1934A class....however, the 1934A class wasn't laid down until mid summer/fall of 1935. Despite being powerful, the ships were not without their flaws. There were problems with the reliability of the high pressure steam engines and sea keeping in rough seas due to the newly designed bow and heavy forward artillery. Hastily built the, the 1934 class ships were too wet in heavy seas which could make their forward guns unusable. There were structural weaknesses, machinery problems, and the engines were newly designed high pressure turbines that proved to be disappointing once installed. The 1934A class were only slightly modified with the same limited endurance and magazine capacity - factors which contributed to the heavy German losses at the 2nd Battle of Narvik. Only one 1934 class ship survived the war while five 1934A class ships survived. Six of the planned twenty-six 1936 class ships were improved and enlarged versions of the 1934 classes, but none of them survived the war. However, four of the eight 1936A or "Narvik Class destroyers", as they were known to the Allies, did survive despite the re-use of flawed designs. There were five1936B class destroyers but only three were completed, and six 1936C class, but none of these were completed.

Measuring 4' feet 9.5" inches (145mm) in length, this is a 2nd pattern, post 10/29/1936 talley. The text reads "5 ZERSTÖRER 5" in Latin script, machine woven in gold celleon thread. The band is a black rayon with diagonally cut ends to create a swallow-tail affect when it hangs from the cap. This piece is in mint condition with no damage or signs of wear, but there is some very minor soil on the band from being handled.
A197 HOLD
NM- 5 Minensuchgeschwader (Minesweeper) Cap Tally.

After WWI the German Navy was only allowed to keep 34 of the 130 Minesweepers built during the period. Most of them were used for mine hunting, but some of them performed as submarine tenders, training ships, and escorts. Well known for their black color and coal fired steam engines, these vessels were replaced by modern ships in the mid 1930s. About 540 mine hunters and minesweepers in 4 different "Mboot" classes were built:

The Mboot35 was a very maneuverable and seaworthy ship exceeding all expectations. Heavily armed, these ships were often called "Channel Destroyers" by the British.

As a successor of the Mboot35, the MBoot 40 showed some design similarities, but was of a different origin. Since the Mboot35 was quite complicated and expensive to build, a new class of ships was based on the last mine hunter design of WWI....the MBoot 16. The result was a ship that was about 10% less capable than the Mboot35, but only took half the effort to build.

The MBoot43 was the enlarged successor of the MBoot 40. To speed up the construction, the MBoot43s were built with separate pre-fabricated sections which were put together in the shipyard.

The so called "Räumboote" or R-Boats were small minesweepers designed to operate in shallow waters like harbors, coastal areas, and rivers. Between 1933 and the end of WWII, about 300 of these boats were built.

Measuring 4' feet 10" inches (146mm) in length, this is a 2nd pattern, post 10/29/1936 talley. The text reads "5. MINENSUCHGESCHWADER 5." in Latin script, machine woven in gold celleon thread. The band is a black rayon with diagonally cut ends to create a swallow-tail affect when it hangs from the cap. There's several tiny holes on either side of the text, and again half way down each side...as well as a subtle fold at each set of holes which tells me it's been folded and stapled or pinned to a display board. Also...there's some faint white spots that appear to be paint spatters at one end.....evidence that this talley may have been used, but the fabric and embroidered text is still in near mint condition with no damage.
A196 HOLD
NM 5. Schnellbootgeschwader (E-Boat) Cap Tally.

Historically, "E-Boat" was the American/British term for "Enemy Boat" which was Germany's "Schnellboot" or "S-Boot". The E-Boat was a very fast torpedo boat, approximately double the size of an American PT boat and the British MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat). When compared to Allied crafts, the E-Boats were better suited for the open sea and had a substantially longer range at approximately 700 nautical miles.

Measuring 4' feet 11" inches (148mm) in length, this is a 2nd pattern, post 10/29/1936 talley. The text reads "5. SCHNELLBOOTGESCHWADER 5." in Latin script, machine woven in gold celleon thread. The band is a black rayon with diagonally cut ends to create a swallow-tail affect when it hangs from the cap. There's a double set of 2 tiny holes on either side of the text, and again half way down each side...as well as a fold at each set of holes which tells me it's been folded and stapled to a display board....Other than these tiny flaws this piece is in mint condition with no wear from being used.
A194 HOLD
NM- 7. Schnellbootgeschwader (E-Boat) Cap Tally, partial.

Historically, "E-Boat" was the American/British term for "Enemy Boat" which was Germany's "Schnellboot" or "S-Boot". The E-Boat was a very fast torpedo boat, approximately double the size of an American PT boat and the British MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat). When compared to Allied crafts, the E-Boats were better suited for the open sea and had a substantially longer range at approximately 700 nautical miles.

Measuring 10.5" inches (26.5mm) in length, this is a 2nd pattern, post 10/29/1936 talley. The text reads "7. SCHNELLBOOTGESCHWADER 7." in Latin script, machine woven in gold celleon thread. The band is a black rayon, cut short for display purposes....or so I assume. There's no damage other than this unfortunate issue, and no signs of use.
A191 HOLD
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M Extremely RARE 4th and final model Grosdeutschland Cuff Title.

In mid 1944, for cost saving reasons, for the 3rd model, the army switched to a simple machine sewn silver/gray thread rather than the aluminum thread used previously. Sewn on black wool with silver/gray thread Russia-braid edging. These have often been described as an EM/NCO version, but were in fact worn by all ranks. In the second half of 1944, the 4th model emerged. The lettering was changed from Sutterland to "Copperplate" script used on this title.This piece is MINT and unissued! See pages 75-78 in "German Military Cuffbands" by Gordon Williamson & Thomas McGuirl. This piece was authenticated by Bob Hritz, it is absolutely guaranteed authentic, and comes with a lifetime written guarantee if requested.
A088
E+ 3rd Pattern Großdeutschland Officer's Cufftitle (Armelstreiffen).

The Großdeutschland Infantry Regiment was so named on June 12th 1939 when the "Wachregiment (Guard Regiment) Berlin" of 1921 was given Infantry Regimental status. Special uniforms and insignia were introduced for all personnel who eventually went on to form the cadre of the elite Panzer Division Großdeutschland in May of 1942. The GD Panzer Division cuff title was originally introduced for wear by all ranks with 4 distinct variations produced through out the war with minor modifications.
The 3rd pattern GD cuff title was introduced on 7.10.1940 by Heeresvervordnungsblatt 40B, order # 592. This beautiful title features "Copperplate" script which replaced the more commonly seen "Sütterlin Schrift", hand embroidered in silver bullion (bright aluminum) thread on a fine doe skin wool with aluminum Russia-braid borders. There's some very minor wear so it's safe to assume it was issued and sewn on a tunic. It measures 15" inches (38cm) long so it was obviously cut a little shorter to fit around the cuff, but otherwise it's in perfect condition with no significant damage. See page 74 and 75 in "German Military Cuffbands 1784-Present" by Gordon Williamson & Thomas McGuire for more information on the history and development of these highly desirable cufftitles.
AC204
NM RARE Afrika Campaign Cuff Title.

This rare campaign cufftitle was approved by Hitler on January 15th, 1943 for soldiers in all branches of the Wehrmacht who had served in the DAK (Deutsches Afrika Korp) and met one of the following criteria: Five months of service, wounded in Africa, or two months of service prior to contracting an illness requiring evacuation.

This beauty measures 14.5 inches long and is constructed from a fine camel hair wool with silver gray machine embroidered text and palms bordered with a fine Russia braid. There were a few variants of this band but there's no doubt that this is one of the most beautiful examples. Near Mint and unissued, a must for any DAK or cuff title collection.
A178
M- "AFRIKAKORP" Campaign
Cufftitle (Ärmelstreiffen)

This cufftitle was officially introduced on July 18th, 1941 for wear by the "DAK" or Deutsches AfrikaKorps (German Africa Corps). The DAK was an expeditionary force sent to assist the Italians in their disastrous campaign in North Africa. Regulations in November of the same year extended issue of the title to include members of the "Africa" armoured group. Note: The "AFRIKAKORP" cufftitle was ordered removed in January of 1943 when the "AFRIKA" campaign cufftitle was introduced. See A178 listed in the Gallery for an example.

Measuring nearly 18" inches (44.5mm) long, this machine woven rayon band features a dark green center stripe with diagonally ribbed flat-wire borders and reinforced kaki or olive drab edges. "AFRIKAKORPS" is machine embroidered in the center green stripe with the same flat-wire thread in a block or san-serif Latin script. The embroidery features an open weave which creates a distinctive diagonal or diamond pattern with loop or chain link edges on the vertical lines of each letter. The center stripe on the reverse features a herring bone weave with loose or wiggly flat wire threads between each letter. Although this piece appears to be unused, it's beginning to soften and show it's age from being handled.
A257
M- Kreta Cufftitle with RBN Number.

This campaign cufftitle was actually an award which was given to personnel who took part in the air campaign over Crete in 1941/1942, made a parachute or glider landing on to the island of Crete between May 20-27, 1942, or were in active service at sea up to May 27th,1942.

This exquisite band measures 33mm wide and 45.5mm in length. It's constructed from an off white polished cotton with a distinctive diagonal weave, bordered by a 3mm wide Russia braid chord at the edges. The reverse is stamped "RBNr.0/0250/2340" on the upper fold edge near the end on the right. Machine embroidered with "KRETA" in a seriffed Roman font which is flanked by an acanthus leaf motif, all of which is done in a golden-yellow rayon thread. All of the letters measure 14mm in height with slightly ragged edges. The design and coloration of this title was obviously influenced by the ancient Greeks. White and gold are reminiscent of the state colors from ancient Athens, and the acanthus leaf design is a very common Greek element widely used in ancient Roman and Greek fine art and architectural designs. A beautiful example of a very rare campaign title in mint "unissued" condition except for some minor discoloration from being handled.
AC182
NM Legion Condor Armband.

Silver gray machine embroidered text on black wool with a coarse black cheese cloth backing behind the text. Very minor mothing on the reverse...but no holes. A fine example of a very rare title, purchased from Bob Hritz.
A146
M- Luftwaffe Jagdgeschwader 3 Udet EM/NCO's Cufftitle (Armelstreiffen).

Worn by all members of Jagdgeschwader 3, this commemorative cufftitle was introduced on December 20th, 1941 in memory of WWI fighter ace Generaloberst Ernst Udet. As Chief of Supply and Procurement, Udet was one of the most influential men in the Luftwaffe until his suicide on November 17th, 1941. Well known for being a jovial and well-liked officer, Udet was a personal friend of Goring and was respected by Hitler. However, he was unable to cope with the tremendous pressures placed upon him, and the intrigues of those who wished to oust him. The truth of his suicide was never revealed to the German people who were told his death came as a result of a plane crash during the testing of a new aircraft. The JG3 fighter squadron was named in his honor and all personnel were ordered to wear this rare and highly coveted cufftitle.

The band is simply constructed from a dark blue wool folded and sewn over with the inscription "Jagdgeschwader Udet" in Gothic script. Machine embroidered with a silver gray cotton thread, the text is reinforced on the reverse with a loosely woven medium gray linen. Measuring 20.5" inches (52mm) in length, this rarely seen cufftitle is in mint and "unissued" condition with no signs of wear.
AC181
E++ Schlageter Cuff Sash.

This band commemorates Albert Leo Schlageter, a decorated World War I officer, an early Nazi Party member, and a veteran of both the Freikorps von Medem and von Löwenfeld. Schlageter had been involved in sabotage acts in the French-occupied Ruhr basin. He was caught then tried and executed by the French on 26 May 1923 providing Hitler with anNther martyr to the cause.
Gray satin rayon thread machine embroidered on a black rayon band. This piece was mint until some fool cut it. The end sections are barely hanging on by a few threads, but the text is perfect and unaffected.
A131
NM- Stahlhelm Member's L.V.(LandesVerband) Nordmark (Netherlands) Cuff Title.

Der Stahlhelmbund, or "The Steel Helmet League", was comprised of WWI veterans who were alienated from society following the devastating outcome of the First World War. They eventually became the largest veteran's association when they incorporated many of the smaller Freikorps groups. Most of it's members were eventually assimilated by the SA in 1933, but it was disbanded in 1935 following the assassination of Ernst Röhm. The remaining veterans were absorbed by the DRKB which was eventually absorbed by the NS-RKB veteran's organization in 1938. "L.V." is the abbreviation for Landesverband which tells us this title was probably worn by members of the Stahlhelm in the Administrative District of Nordmark.

Yellow machine embroidered cotton text on a dark blue rayon strip measuring 7/8" x 15' long. This title was sewn onto a shirt, but was only tacked on in a few places. The ends have a few minor, but it's still in great shape.
A130
NM NS-Reichskriegerbund flat wire cuff title.

Veteran of the West District. Unissued.
A016
E++ Wehr Einwohner München 1919 Armband.

Very heavy woven cotton band with a vertical wrap bearing a pot metal shield stitched on with white thread. This band was worn by a Civil Guard in the Freikorps who participated in the defense or protection of München, dated 1919. This band appears to be unissued, there is a bit of wear and soiling, but no evidence that it was ever stitched on. The shield has a blank section, probably intended for the name of the group or area of the bearer. There is a black ink stamp on the bottom left corner, but it is impossible to read. A very rare piece.
A129
NM- Red linen Armband with printed insignia on a white linen roundel.

I have spent hours researching this one and have come up empty. My best "guess" is a foreign Youth organization?
A143
M- Political Leader's Armband (Ärmelbinde), Ortsgruppe Level.

Adolf Hitler joined the fledgling DAP, Deutsche ArbeiterPartei (German Worker's Party), in the fall of 1919, reforming what was nothing more than a debating society, into what was to become a vivacious political party. He was appointed the 1st chairman of the renamed NSDAP, NationalSozialistische Deutsche ArbeiterPartei (National Socialist German Worker's Party), on 29.7.1921, restructuring it along paramilitary lines with a hierarchy of 4 levels of government to include: The Reichsleitung (National Level), The Gauleitung (State Level), The Kreigsleitung (District Level), and The Ortsgruppenleitung (Local Level). Members of the NSDAP began wearing red armbands with a white roundel and black swastika to all rallies and political functions as early as 1922. The swastika symbol has been used by a multitude of diverse cultures through out the ages. It signified progression, the cycle of life, the sun, and more, but it's believed Hitler and early NSDAP members chose this Nordic rune as the symbol of Germany's awakening, movement forward, and eventual rise to power. The swastika is also a Pagen Germanic symbol for Thor, the God of Adventure. By 1923 stripes identifying functional positions were added to armbands for all political leaders, and by 1939 colored piping and oak leaves were added to define administrative and operational functions as well as the 4 levels of government I outlined above.

This finely crafted political leader's armband would have been worn by an Ortsgruppenleiter (local group leader), the equivalent to a Mayor. It was constructed from a high quality red doe skin wool trimmed with 6 rows of an incredibly fine gold flatwire French braid with an exquisite gold flatwire oak leaf motif machine embroidered on a 17mm red rayon lace across the center. The black swastika and white central roundel were constructed from a ribbed satin rayon trimmed with a finely braided flatwire gold piping. The center of the swastika sports a gilt pip with a tiny National eagle in the center. The edges are trimmed with pale blue rayon piping, the color assigned to Ortsgruppe personnel. Other than some very minor soil from being handled, this incredible "Golden Pheasant" brassard is in near mint condition.
A220
M- Political Leader's Armband (Ärmelbinde), Ortsgruppe Level...Personalized.

See A220 for a little history on this armband.

This rarely seen beauty was constructed from a red doe skin wool and trimmed with a cornflower blue rayon piping, which tells us it would have been worn by a political leader in an Ortsgruppe (local group). The black swastika and white central roundel were constructed from a ribbed satin rayon, precisely machine sewn to the wool band with a tightly packed zig-zag stitch. "Souvnir" (misspelled Souvenir) is hand written on the roundel in black ink, I assume by the US vet who brought this near mint and unissued beauty home.
A232
M NSDAP Armband (Ärmelbinde) by Ewald Beiersmann & Sohn of Wuppertal-Langerfeld.(Ärmelbinde)

See A220 for a little history on this armband.

This is a very early (circa 1934?), unissued, and pristine example of the most recognized pieces of insignia associated with the Nazi Regime. I believe it's one of the first RZM pattern armbands for two reasons. The first clue is the early RZM tag...when was the last time you saw one of these? The 2nd clue is the other 2 armbands listed above....both of which I believe to be pre RZM patterns. All 3 bands came from the same source and were constructed the same way with the same materials so I believe all 3 were made in the early 30s. This band was constructed from a red linen with reinforced edges. The white roundel and black mobile swastika were machine embroidered (Bevo like) with rayon thread. This design has often been referred to as the "3D" version because of the way the swastika looks on the reverse.
A214
NM- Wool NSDAP Member's Armband (Ärmelbinde)

See A220 for a little history on this armband.

This beautiful armband is a bit unusual in it's construction. The band it's self is typical red wool, but the roundel is a smooth satin rather than ribbed with a triple chain stitched rayon thread border. The swaz is also unusual in that it is comprised of 10 rows of black chain stitched rayon thread. The entire Piece is in exquisite condition despite one small moth hole on the reverse. A rare version comprised of materials that past both the black light and burn tests.
A171
E Early Wool NSDAP Armband (Ärmelbinde)

See A220 for a little history on this armband.

This early political armband was constructed from a red doe skin wool (slightly faded) with a white doe skin wool roundel and a black ribbed rayon swastika. The condition is excellent with no damage from wear, but there are a few red threads on the edges from being hand sewn to the sleeve. There's 5 small moth holes in the red wool on the right side where it folds under, and one tiny hole directly under the roundel (not visible in my scans), but only one is visible when on display.
A213
E++ Cotton NSDAP Member's Armband with Prussia Ink Stamp.

This early party armband was intended for wear on the brown shirt. 4 piece construction from cotton with a few minor stains. It was never sewn together and appears to be unissued. The purple ink stamp on the lower right side of the roundel is mostly legible with what appears to be a Polizei shield and "PREUSSISCHER LANDES-KRIECER-VERBAND" (Prussian Lands Krieser Force) around the perimeter with more illegible text between this and the shield. I'm not convinced my translation is accurate, but believe this was worn by armed units who served with the "Krieser (Security) Force" somewhere in Prussia.
A253
NM- NSDAP Cotton Armband (Ärmelbinde) with Paper RZM Tag.

See A220 for a little history on this armband.

This near mint 4-piece cotton beauty shows no evidence of use, but there is some minor soil from being handled. The off-white oil paper RZM tag is printed with light blue ink and features a large "B" on the left indicating the level of difficulty of construction, which is fairly simple in this case, "A" being the simplest and "F" being the most complicated. Next to the "B" is a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and what I believe is the manufacturer's code number "(B. 18/1743)" stamped with purple ink. Under this is "Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) der NSDAP" with a large "O" followed by the lot number "No 449044" in black.
A227
E Early NSDAP Armband
(Ärmelbinde) in Cotton

3 piece construction with a slightly faded black cotton swastika zig-zag sewn to a white linen roundel, which was zig-zag sewn to the red cotton band. This slightly faded armband definitely saw significant use. I see a few tiny remnants of the black and red threads that were used to sew it to a sleeve... more than once, and there's some minor damage to the chain stitching along the upper edge. The lower edge was repaired by folding over the chain stitching and hand sewing it with a red cotton thread.
A254
E NSDAP Armband (Ärmelbinde), Printed Cotton.

See A220 for a little history on this armband.

This armband was roller printed with red and black ink on a white cotton band. There's no major damage worth mentioning, but the colors are slightly faded and there's still some black cotton thread on the bottom edge so it was obviously issued and hand sewn to a sleeve.
A212
NM Narrow NSDAP Armband.

I believe this armband was intended for wear by emergency alert personnel. It was constructed from linen with printed insignia and "NSDAP Partei-Bereitschaft" (NSDAP Party-Alert Troops) stamped in black ink.
A073
E++ Narrow NSDAP Cotton Armband (Ärmelbinde).

I believe this armband was intended for wear by emergency alert personnel despite that fact that it doesn't bare the typical "NSDAP Partei-Bereitschaft" (NSDAP Party-Alert Troops) stamp as seen on A073 listed above. It was constructed from a 2 inch linen band printed with a red body and black swastika. I see no evidence of use, but there is some minor soil through out from being handled, and a couple rust colored stains on the white roundel.
A225
M SA Reservist's Armband (Ärmelbinde) by Ewald Beiersmann & Sohn of Wuppertal-Langerfeld.

The SA, SturmAbteilung (Storm Troops), organization was formed in 1921 as a protective guard for the political leaders of the fledgling NSDAP, NationalSozialistische Deutsche ArbeiterPartei (National Socialist German Worker's Party). Like the NSDAP, the SA was structured along paramilitary lines. Most SA recruits came from various "Freikorp" (Free Corp) groups which were mainly composed of disgruntled ex-soldiers from WWI. Members of the SA and NSDAP began wearing armbands or "brassards" that sported Hitler's new national symbol, the swastika, to all rallies and political functions as early as 1922. Formally organized in 1929, the SA began establishing reserve units as early as 1927, open to "fit for duty" men over the age of 40. The structure of the reserve units was revised in 1933 with the creation of "SA-Reserve I for men between the ages of 18 to 25, and SA-Reserve II for those between 35 and 40. Members of the SA-Reserve II wore distinguishing insignia, including armbands like this one, until it was absorbed into the regular SA in 1935.

This early (circa 1929-30?) armband was constructed from a khaki gray/green linen with reinforced edges. The white roundel and black mobile swastika were machine embroidered (Bevo like) with rayon thread. This design has often been referred to as the "3D" version because of the way the swastika looks on the reverse. An incredibly rare artifact with no damage except for some minor soil from being handled.
A215
E- NSDAP Ceremonial Mourning Armband (Trauerzeremonie Ärmelbinde)
By Ewald Beiersmann & Sohn
Of Wuppertal-Langerfeld.

This rarely seen "mourning" or "funeral" armband would have been worn by a "ceremonial leader" during an NSDAP burial in the late '20's early 30's. This beauty shows no signs of wear, but it does show it's age. Looking at my photos you'll see a 5.5cm (2.25" inch) long tear at the bottom left corner. Unfortunately this is not the only damage. There are several more small tears including one on each side where it's folded. This damage doesn't appear to be caused by abuse or mishandling, but deterioration to the black linen fabric caused by decades of exposure to extremely dry air. This is just a theory, but close inspection of the fibers leaves me with no other explanation. I believe this armband sat unused through out the war and for 7+ decades after. It appears to be suffering from dry rot so I sealed it in a zip-lock bag to prevent further deterioration.
A216
M- Luftwaffe Judicial Official
Armband (Ärmelbinde)

I was told this armband was worn by Luftwaffe Security Personnel stationed at an Airbase or barracks, but my knowledge of Luftwaffe Waffenfarbe has me questioning this identification, and here's why. The wool band on this scarce piece of insignia is a wine red, which indicates wear by a Judicial Official. The National eagle, which was machine embroidered on a Luftwaffe blue/gray wool roundel, was worn by Political Leaders and Administrative Officials, so I'm inclined to think this incredibly rare armband may have been worn by a Luftwaffe Judicial Official... or more likely an underling who served in that office. The Luftwaffe Trade aka "Specialist" badge was machine embroidered with a light gray rayon thread rather than an officer's grade bullion, so I believe it was intended for wear by "other ranks".

I'd be very appreciative if any of you want to chime in with your theory or knowledge of this incredibly rare piece of insignia.
A241
NM Feld Polizei (Field Police) Armband.

Constructed from a tightly woven brown cotton linen with reinforced borders. Machine embroidered in orange, the text and Polizei eagle are stunning. This is one you don't see every day, and it's in near mint condition!
A141
NM Water Police Armband.

Very rare piece with a dark blue linen band and a beautiful machine embroidered blue eagle. This is machine sewn on. Minor soiling, but as rare as this who cares!!!
A119
E- M.G. Police M.R. Polizei Armband.

I believe this armband was worn by German Military Police who were supervised or under the control of US Military Police in occupied Germany after the war...but this is just a guess so if you know anything about this one I'd appreciate your input. Constructed from a light weight white cotton with "M.G. - M. R." over "POLICE-POLIZEI" in black ink. There are several dark brown, almost black spots that have soaked all the way through, plus the negative of the same text on the reverse that probably came from the wet ink on another band as they were stacked together during printing.
A180
NM- NSDStB-National Sozialist Deutscher Studentenbund (National Socialist German Students League) Armband (Ärmelbinde) with Paper RZM Tag...Personalized.

Established at the University of Munich in 1926, the main purpose of the NSDStB was to supply political leadership to student bodies at universities through out Germany. Reichsjugendführer Baldur von Schirach took over membership and reorganized the NSDStB along military lines in 1928.

This rarely seen armband features a nice little personalized extra from the capturing vet. "Souviner from "Nürnenburg, Germany"" was typed on the obverse with what I assume was a WWII period German typewriter. Nürnenburg, although spelled completely wrong, features the Germanic umlaut "ü". Note: An umlaut vowel is identified by the 2 distinctive dots or "diacritic" mark which creates a vowel sound change often referred to as a "vowel mutation".

This 4 piece armband was constructed from a red cotton 5 inch wide band. The distinctive NSDStB design features 2 white border stripes superimposed under a large white diamond which is completely filled with a black machine embroidered mobile swastika. The off-white oil paper RZM tag was printed with light blue ink and features a large "B" on the left indicating the level of difficulty of construction, which is fairly simple in this case, "A" being the simplest and "F" being the most complicated. Next to the "B" is a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and the manufacturer's code number "166" stamped in green. Under this is "Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) der NSDAP" with a large "O" and the lot number "No 454227" in black.
A235
E- Hitler Youth Armband (Ärmelbinde) with Paper RZM Tag and 2 District Ink Stamps.

German youth groups can be traced back to 1922 with the formation of the Jugenbund der NSDAP (Youth League of the NSDAP). The Hitler Jugend Bund der Deutschen Arbeiterjugend (Hitler Youth League of German Worker Youth) was officially named on 4.7.1926...AKA "Hitler Jugend" for short. It's believed German youth groups wore armbands as early as 1923 with the first examples seen at a Youth rally in Plauen in July of that same year, but regulations for the official HJ armband as seen here weren't decreed until 1933.

This 2 piece rayon armband features 2 illegible district ink stamps on either side of the diamond. The red band was woven with reinforced edges and an integral 1 inch white stripe through the center. The black mobile swastika is machine embroidered (Bevo like) on a white rayon diamond machine sewn to the band with white cotton thread. The off-white oil paper RZM tag was printed with red ink. It features a large "A" on the left indicating the level of difficulty of construction, which is fairly simple in this case, "A" being the simplest and "F" being the most complicated. Next to the "A" is a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and the manufacturer's code number "44" stamped in faded black ink. To the right is large HJ diamond, also in red, with "Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) der NSDAP" underneath. The last line begins with "F4" followed by the lot number "No 185473" in black. There's some minor soil through out and a 2cm rip under the diamond so I believe it was issued and worn.
A236
M- Hitler Youth Armband (Ärmelbinde)
With Paper RZM Tag.

German youth groups can be traced back to 1922 with the formation of the Jugenbund der NSDAP (Youth League of the NSDAP). The Hitler Jugend Bund der Deutschen Arbeiterjugend (Hitler Youth League of German Worker Youth) was officially named on 4.7.1926...AKA "Hitler Jugend" for short. It's believed German youth groups wore armbands as early as 1923 with the first examples seen at a Youth rally in Plauen in July of that same year, but regulations for the official HJ armband as seen here weren't decreed until 1933.

2 piece construction on a red rayon band with a reinforced edge and an integral 1 inch white stripe through the center. The black mobile swastika is machine embroidered (Bevo like) on a white rayon diamond machine sewn to the band with white cotton thread. The off-white oil paper RZM tag was printed with red ink. It features a large "B" on the left then a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and the manufacturer's code number "23" stamped in purple ink. To the right is large HJ diamond with "Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) der NSDAP" underneath. The last line begins with a large "E" followed by the lot number "No 217897" in black.
A245
E Hitler Youth Armband.

3 piece construction from red cotton with a white linen center stripe and central diamond, both of which are machine sewn to the band with white cotton thread. The mobile swastika is machine embroidered to the diamond with a black polished cotton thread with one small snag at the end of one of the legs. The band shows minor wear and some yollow/brown staining but no major damage. The band it's self has been shortened to accommodate the smaller size of the child's shirt sleeve, but the extra material is still intact and folded over inside.
A200
E+ Hitler Youth Armband with Paper RZM Tag.

1 piece construction from cotton with printed insignia. The natural colored paper RZM tag is printed with red ink and features a large "B" on the left indicating the level of difficulty of construction. Next to the "B" is a large RZM logo followed by "Hersteller" (manufacturer) over "A4" and the manufacturer's code number "302" in black ink with an HJ diamond on the right. Under this is "Reichszeugmeisterei" (RZM) over "der NSDAP." This is probably a late war armband that definitely saw some use. The size was adjusted at the back seam with black thread to suit the size of the wearer's sleeve, and there are a few black threads on either edge where it was tacked to the sleeve.
A201
M Hitler Youth Armband Diamonds.

These minty HJ diamonds are still together on the original roll just as they were found in the factory by the capturing vet. I purchased several other cloth items from the same factory including 2 unfinished HJ armbands that had printed stitch lines where the diamonds were to be sewn....but these were sold before I had a chance to list them on TRD.
A187
NM Red cross Armband for the Area Woman's League (Kreisfrauenverein) representing the town of Köln-Land.

White linen band with black printed text and a BeVo like embroidered Red Cross. Nice near mint example and a rare find.
A149
E++ DRK-Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) Personnel Duty Armband with Large Ink Stamp.

Simple design with a machine embroidered red cross on a white linen band with reinforced or braided edges. The large black stamp features a bold party eagle in the center with "Kommissar der Freiwilligen Krankenpflege" (Commissioner of the Volunteer Nursing) around the perimeter. Beautiful example with no damage other than some minor soil over the entire surface.
A202
NM- DRK (Red Cross) Armband from the Metternich District.

Constructed from off white linen with a red printed swaz and "DEUTSCHES ROTES KRUEZ-SANITÄTSKOLONNE- METTERNNICH" in black. The band appears to be unissued with minor soil. The off white color appears to be soil from the years rather than the actual color of the linen. It's consistent through out, but it's much whiter under the fold of the seem on the reverse.
A168
NM NSBO-NationalSozialische Betriebzellen Organization (National-Socialist Industrial-Cells Organization) Armband (Ärmelbinde)

The"RBA" or ReichsBetriebszellenAbteilung (National-Factory-Cells-Department), was founded in January of 1931 with it's new title "NSBO" being instituted in March of the same year. This labor organization, which was heavily concentrated in the industrial centers, acted as an alternative to Communist work groups and labor unions in industrial factories with very little representation outside these areas. The NSBO ceased to exist in 1934 when it was absorbed into the DAF-Deutsche Arbeits Front (German Labor Front), so it's safe to say this is a very rare piece of insignia.

Constructed from a red cotton fabric with an off-white linen roundel machine embroidered with the NSBO logo in black and white rayon thread. There's several short pieces of red thread along the top edge which tells me it was hand sewn or "tacked" to the owner's sleeve, but there's very little wear and only minor soil so I doubt if it saw much use.
A251
M- Reichspost (Postal Service) Armband.

Constructed from a heavy dark blue cotton with a machine embroidered party eagle and "Reichspost" below. The reverse has a partial white ink stamp...illegible. This unissued band was worn by Post Office personnel who were not qualified as full Post Office functionaries.
A170
NM Deutsche Reichspost Linen Armband.

This very rare band was worn by the personnel assigned to assessing, commandeering and securing property to build outposts on. Crisp, correct black print on a light green linen. 100% original period band!
A090
M- Recruiting Personnel's Armband (Wehrersatzdienststellen Ärmelbinde)

The Army Mobilization Order of March 12th, 1937 introduced a variety of civilian armbands (Nicht-Wehrmachtangehörige Ärmelbinde) that identified non-military personnel performing specific duties or functions for the Armed Forces. This is a near mint example of a civilian armband which was designed for wear by Army Recruiting personnel. The band its self is simply constructed from an off-white cotton fabric with reinforced or "braided" edges. The "recruiting personnel" emblem is a machine woven National eagle with down-swept wings in a black cotton thread. Although this piece appears to be unissued with no damage, it is lightly soiled from being handled.
A203
E+ Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband (Ärmelbinde) with Ortsgruppe District Ink Stamp (mostly illegible)

The Army Mobilization Order of 12.3.1937 introduced a variety of civilian armbands (Nicht-Wehrmachtangehörige Ärmelbinde) that identified non-military personnel performing specific duties or functions for the Armed Forces. The Luftwaffe used most of the armbands authorized by the Heer in 1937, as well as a large variety of armbands introduced by the OKL-OberKommando der Luftwaffe (High Command of the Air Force) on 31.8.1938. These armbands were intended for wear by personnel serving the Luftwaffe only. The "Deutsche Luftwaffe" armband was introduced by the OKL near the end of 1944 when far too many downed German pilots were being mistaken for allied aircrew personnel... due to the similarity of their flight suits and helmets.

This slightly faded and soiled (on the front only) armband was constructed from a heavy cotton fabric with the Luftwaffe eagle and "DEUTSCHE LUFTWAFFE" printed in black.
A247
E Nicht-Wehrmachtangehörige
(Non Members of the Armed Forces)
Armband (Ärmelbinde) with Stamp

The Army Mobilization Order of 12.3.1937 introduced a variety of civilian armbands (Nicht-Wehrmachtangehörige Ärmelbinde) that identified non-military personnel performing specific duties or functions for the Armed Forces. As the war progressed additional armbands became necessary as a means to identify the growing number of non-uniformed, and often non-German civilian personnel serving in a military capacity with all branches of the armed forces. As a result, a large selection of identifying armbands were introduced. This particular armband was designed for combatants who were not members of the Armed Forces.

Constructed from a yellow cotton band with reinforced edges. The design features a National eagle with outstretched wings machine embroidered (Bevo like) in black rayon thread. There's no evidence of use, but there is some minor soil from being handled.
A250
M Deutsche Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) Armband (Ärmelbinde) by Ewald Beiersmann & Sohn of Wuppertal-Langerfeld.

The Army Mobilization Order of 12.3.1937 introduced a variety of civilian armbands (Nicht-Wehrmachtangehörige Ärmelbinde) that identified non-military personnel performing specific duties or functions for the Armed Forces. As the war progressed additional armbands became necessary as a means to identify the growing number of non-uniformed, and often non-German civilian personnel serving in a military capacity with all branches of the armed forces. As a result, a large selection of identifying armbands were introduced. The "Deutsche Wehrmacht" armband as we see here was issued to non-uniformed personnel serving with the Armed Forces. New regulations in October of 1941 restricted wear of this armband to non-uniformed, non-combat personnel.

Constructed from yellow cotton band with reinforced edges. "Deutsche Wehrmacht" was machine embroidered (Bevo like) in a Gothic script with a black rayon thread.
A217
E+ "In Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht" (In Service of the German Armed Forces) Civilian Armband.

The Army Mobilization Order of March 12th, 1937 introduced a variety of civilian armbands (Nicht-Wehrmachtangehörige Ärmelbinde) that identified non-military personnel performing specific duties or functions for the Armed Forces. As the war progressed additional armbands became necessary as a means to identify the growing number of non-uniformed, and often non-German civilian personnel serving in a military capacity with all branches of the armed forces. As a result, a large selection of identifying armbands were introduced.

This armband was introduced on October 1st, 1941 for wear by non-German civilians serving the Armed Forces and Russian Auxiliaries when not in uniform. The band it's self is constructed from an off-white linen with folded over sewn edges. "In Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht" is printed in black ink in a seriffed Roman font. Marked in the upper left hand corner with a blue authorizing authority ink stamp featuring an eagle with outstretched wings encompassed by "Panzer-Abwehr-Abteilung 59" (Panzer-Defense-Diversion or Anti-Tank Unit 59) in Gothic script.
A188
E++ Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht (German People’s Militia Armed Forces) Armband (Ärmelbinde).

The Volkssturm or "People’s Militia", was raised by decree on September 25th,1944. Acting as a local defensive militia, Volkssturm personnel were able bodied, non military men between the ages of 16 and 60 years old.....German civilians who were too young, too old, or unfit for military service. Originally intended for use in their local districts, many Volkssturm men were basically cannon fodder, thrown into battles in a fruitless attempt to halt the Red Army’s advance into Germany near the end of the war. The formation, administration, training, and operational utilization of the Volkssturm was a haphazard affair. The NSDAP political leaders were responsible for appointments, the Waffen-SS was in charge of training, and the Wehrmacht was in control of actual operations. Even though Volkssturm men were legally classified with the status of "soldier", they weren't outfitted with an official uniform and were given minimal equipment making them vulnerable to slaughter by the advancing Red Army.

Constructed from a light weight cotton material with a red, black, and white design featuring red stripes at the edges followed by thinner black then white stripes with a black center stripe. "DEUTSCHES VOLKSSTURM WEHRMACHT" is printed in a white san-serif Latin font to the front with white national eagles on either side. Slightly worn with moderate soil this armband appears to have been used but was left undamaged and in excellent condition.
A233
NM Dolmetscher (Interpreter) Armband with a "Hamein Der Oberburgmeister" ink stamp.

Black ink printed on a rose colored cotton band. Slightly soiled from the years, but otherwise in great shape having never been sewn on.
A128
NM DDAC Members Armband.

This very rare piece is constructed from green linen with a beautiful machine embroidered DDAC motto machine sewn on. The color is very good, with no fading. A hard to find, especially in this condition.
A114
E+ TeNo Personnel Armband (Ärmelbinde).

Organized in 1919, the TeNo or Technischen Nothilfe (Technical Emergency Aid) was a civil volunteer organization comprised of skilled personnel who maintained and repaired essential public services in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The Minister of the Interior was primarily responsible for the TeNo until it became an official state organization under the control of the Polizei in 1939, which in turn was controlled by the SS. As the war progressed the TeNo became more of a paramilitary group run by a small nucleus of salaried officials who were increasingly controlled by the Waffen-SS.

Constructed from white linen with a machine embroidered "BeVo like" TeNo emblem. "ges.gesch G.&W." is machine embroidered in black on the reverse along the seam. A little grungy with soil and yellowing through out, but a lovely example of a very popular armband that's getting more and more difficult to find. Note: ges.gesch is short for "gesetzlich geschützt" which translates "legally protected"...as in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending".
A226
M TeNo Officer's Armband.

Organized in 1919, the TeNo or Technischen Nothilfe (Technical Emergency Aid) was a civil volunteer organization comprised of skilled personnel who maintained and repaired essential public services in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The Minister of the Interior was primarily responsible for the TeNo until it became an official state organization under the control of the Polizei in 1939, which in turn was controlled by the SS. As the war progressed the TeNo became more of a paramilitary group run by a small nucleus of salaried officials under ever increasing control of the Waffen-SS.

Pristine with white Bevo text and a braided edge on fine green satin. Flat wire Teno eagle on a blue triangle is perfect. Maker mark B. & W. is embroidered in white on the back.
A122
E++ TeNo Member's Armband.

Organized in 1919, the TeNo or Technischen Nothilfe (Technical Emergency Aid) was a civil volunteer organization comprised of skilled personnel who maintained and repaired essential public services in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The Minister of the Interior was primarily responsible for the TeNo until it became an official state organization under the control of the Polizei in 1939, which in turn was controlled by the SS. As the war progressed the TeNo became more of a paramilitary group run by a small nucleus of salaried officials under ever increasing control of the Waffen-SS.

Constructed from green satin with machine bevo motto in white that has yellowed with age. There is some white residue along the bottom, easily cleaned. Maker marked B&W in bevo on the back near the seam.
A116
NM Female Medical Assistant (Nurse) Leader's Armband.

Constructed from fine ribbed satin with braided gold flatwire border and sewn on BeVo insignia. Incredible, and quite RARE.
A034
E++ DRKB (Deutscher ReichsKriegerBund) Member's Armband (Ärmelbinde).

The DRKB (Kyffhäuserbund) or "German National Association of Veterans" (Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI. It was based on the DKB-Deutscher KriegerBund (German Veteran's Association) which was originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of "Kyffhäuser" in the association's names referred to the Kyffhäuser Mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of these associations was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers, and to assist it's members financially if necessary.

This is an honest example of the 1935 pattern armband for DRKB enlisted ranks with minor wear and a little shrinkage to the black wool band. It features a near mint BeVo like DRKB emblem machine woven in red, white, and black rayon. The DRKB insignia features a red and white shield with a single black line border. The lower half of the shield is red with a white roundel and black mobile swastika. The top half features a white field with a black silhouette of the Kyffhäuser monument.
A234
E++ NS-RKB NationalSozialistische-ReichsKriegerBund (National-Socialist-State Soldier's League) Leader's Armband.

Constructed from dark blue/black wool with a BeVo like machine embroidered NS-RKB emblem and a single strip of tarnished silver (aluminum) rank tress.
A208
E NS-RKB (NationalSozialistische-ReichsKriegerBund) Member's Armband (Ärmelbinde).

The DRKB was renamed NS-RKB NationalSozialistische-ReichsKriegerBund (National Socialist-State Soldiers League) on March 29th,1938 by the NSDAP, and was amalgamated with the earlier veteran's associations into one National organization. The DRKB (Kyffhäuserbund) or "German National Association of Veterans" (Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI. It was based on the DKB-Deutscher KriegerBund (German Veteran's Association) which was originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of "Kyffhäuser" in the association's names referred to the Kyffhäuser Mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of these associations was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers, and to assist it's members financially if necessary.

This is a 1938 pattern armband for NS-RKB enlisted ranks. It was constructed from a black wool (moderate moth damage) with a BeVo like NS-RKB emblem machine woven in red, white, and black rayon. The NS-RKB insignia features a red shield with a black Iron Cross in the center, both of which are trimmed with a single white line.
A221
E+ 1st Pattern RLB Officer's Armband.

Established towards the end of 1932, the DLV or Deutscher Luftschutzverband (German Air Defense League) was a volunteer organization that provided air raid protection, primarily in civilian locations. Constructed from a blue linen that shows some fading to the front from being displayed. It's trimmed with a dull silver (aluminum) tress at the edges and features a beautifully hand embroidered RLB "Star Burst" in a heavy gauge white and navy blue thread. ReichsLuftschutzBund
A091
NM RLB 1st Pattern Armband.

Multi piece construction from satin with white tressing and a beautiful machine embroidered star burst and "RLB". Maker marked but hidden in rear seam. Very hard to find this nice!
A118
NM RLB 2nd Pattern Armband

Nice light blue satin band with a machine embroidered RLB star burst and swaz. Machine embroidered with "ges.gesch." and the manufacturer's initials "H&F" on the back. Minor soiling. Note: ges.gesch is short for "gesetzlich geschützt" which translates "legally protected"...as in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending".
A107
M DAF Deutsche Arbeitsfront (German Labour Front) Armband with Ink Stamp.V Black Bevo embroidered cog-wheel with center swastika on a heavy blue/gray rayon band. Nice braided edge and a maker's mark embroidered at the seem. A142
E+ Vaterlandischer Hilfsdienst Armband.

German Forced Labor Corps, Planning and Development Department. 3 piece construction in linen with silk screened text. Black section is faded, with no other damage.
A041
NM Traffic Controller, Verkehrs-Aufsicht.

Constructed from orange linen with the text in a heavy black print. Slight fading to the front from displaying and minor soiling. 100% authentic period piece and rarely encountered!
A108
M- Luftschutz Serving the Red Cross.

Multi-piece, blue linen band with folded over and double sewn edges. White linen cross is zigzag machine stitched. Another rare Luftwaffe armband, all came from the same source, get one while they last!
A103
NM Hilfs-Krankentrager (Stretcher Bearer) Armband.

Black machine embroidered text inside a rectangle on a white linen band.
A025
E "RC" Armband, probably Luftschutz.

Constructed from heavy linen with multi color weave. Blue border, white trim, with a blue and gray salt and pepper body. The letters are cut from the same blue fabric and are machine sewn attached.
A072
NM Werkschutz Factory Guard Armband.

The linen band is red with a white border on each side and a white "W" in the center. I'm not sure which factory this is, it came with all the other Luftschutz bands. Minor soiling/age yellowing. Nice period piece!
A109
M- Blind Civilian Armband.

Deep yellow satin band with 3 black, machine embroidered spots forming a triangle. This is the first one I have seen. Tiny bit of age soiling. RARE!!!!
A104
M- Luftschutz Telephone Operator.

Blue linen with a beautifully chain stitched silver gray "F" in the center. This also has 2 district/assignment ink stamps. The upper words are illegible, the lower word is "Kierspe". Very rare and highly sought!
A106
M- Luftschutz Air Defense Duty Guard.

Heavy blue linen band with a machine embroidered "O" in white cotton thread. Rarely seen piece in unissued condition.
A102
NM Armband for the "Naval Decontamination" Units.

There is an ink Unit Designation stamp on it but is blurred. Very nice and extremely rare!
A066
NM RARE Luftschutz Factory Work Protection Service Armband.

Constructed from coarse linen, with screened 4 point star in blue and white.
A055
M Luftschutz(?) Armband.

Very simple purple linen band with no insignia. Probably worn by personnel working for the Luftschutz since this color has been associated with that organization. Mint and unissued.
A167
F Luftschutz Fire Fighter with Ink Stamp. Constructed from a fine red rayon with a broad finished edge. Several small holes with light soil. A040