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THE GERMAN ARMBANDS OF WWII -
Hitler's Germany employed a large number of armbands. From political organizations to the military. Individuals were issued armbands for the purpose of identifying their affiliation. Wearing these items was a matter of great pride and distinction.

The following gallery features miscellaneous  armbands of WWII. All braches of the service, police and political organizations (nazi) are illustrated here. If you want to learn more about the different groups you can visit our Third Reich Organization Guide

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WWII GERMAN POLITICAL ARMBANDS

The National Socialist German Workers' Party, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP, commonly known in English as the Nazi Party (from the German Nazi, abbreviated from the pronunciation of Nationalsozialist), was a political party in Germany between 1919 and 1945. It was known as the German Workers' Party (DAP) prior to a change of name in 1920.

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WWII GERMAN NSDAP GAULETIER LEADER ARMBAND Of red wool construction with a separate white circle sewn in the center. A swastika inside the circle. A horizontal band with oak leafing down the midle.


WWII GERMAN NSDAP LEITER EINES HAUPTAMTES ARMBAND Issued to a Hauptamtes in a Kreisleitung. Of red wool construxction. A horizontal bar with oak leafing runs on each side. Separate white circle and swastika in middle.


WWII NSDAP POLITICAL LEADER CANDIDATE Designed by Adolf Hitler. Red body with light blue borders. White circle with a black swastika. Worn on the left arm. high quality construction.


WWII NAZI PARTY POLITICAL ARMBAND This was the standard armband for an NSDAP member. Known as the "Kampfbinde". It was the earliest armband used by the Nazi party. Worn on the left arm.




WWII NAZI PARTY POLITICAL ARMBAND This is a variation of the NSDAP armband. Red cotton body with a separate white circle stitched in place. Embroidered black swastika.


WWII NAZI PARTY OFFICER ARMBAND This is a wool version of the NSDAP standard armband. White circle is a separate piece. Multi-piece black swastika.


WWII GERMAN NAZI PARTY ARMBAND This is a higher quality model of the NSDAP member armband. Red cotton body with a separate white circle sewn to the center. Multiple fold black swastika.


WWII GERMAN NAZI PARTY ARMBAND Standard NSDAP member armband. This is the printed version where all the components are in the same level. Red body with white circle and black swastika.




WWII NAZI PARTY THIN ARMBAND This is a narrow version of the standard NSDAP armband. Printed type where all the components are at the same level. Double stamped in blue ink.


WWII NAZI PARTY POLITICAL ARMBAND This is the narrow version of the NSDAP "Kampfbinde" armband. Printed on one side only. All components are on the same level.


WWII GERMAN NSDAP LUFTKRIEGS ARMBAND This armband was used by the pre-Luftwaffe organization. Narrow construction. Printed type. NSDAP is stamped in big block letters on one side.


WWII GERMAN NSDAP GAULETIER LEADER ARMBAND Designed by Adolf Hitler. Red body with light blue borders. White circle with a black swastika. Worn on the left arm. high quality construction.



WWII GERMAN SS ARMBANDS

The SS was formed in 1925 as a personal protection guard unit for Adolf Hitler. Under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler between 1929 and 1945, the SS grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the Third Reich.

The SS grew from a small paramilitary unit to a powerful force that served as the Führer's "Praetorian Guard", the Nazi Party's "Protection Squadron" and a force that, fielding almost a million men (both on the front lines and as political police), managed to exert as much political influence in the Third Reich as the Wehrmacht which were Germany's regular armed forces.

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WWII GERMAN SS OFFICER ARMBAND Of high quality construction. red felt body with separate black stripes sewn to the edges. A white wool circle is sewn to the center. A multui-fold swastika is inside the circle.


WWII GERMAN SS VOLUNTEER ARMBAND Of white cotton construction. A black triangle is sewn in place in the center. White SS runnes are foudn inside the triangle. An SS paper tag is on the inside.




WWII GERMAN CIVIL DEFENSE ARMBANDS

Civil defense, civil defence or civil protection is an effort to protect the citizens of a state, generally non-combatants, from military attack. It uses the principles of emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation, and recovery. Programmes of this sort were initially discussed at least as early as the 1920s and were implemented in many countries.

Germany had a series of civil defense forces. They were in charge of fighting fires, clearing debris, making sure transportation ran smoothly and other similar tasks.




WWII GERMAN RLB LEADER ARMBAND This armband was issued to individuals who served in a leadership capacity in the RLB. Dark blue cotton body with silver strips sewn to the edges.


WWII GERMAN RLB SECOND PATTERN ARMBAND Issued to regular members of the RLB. Of light blue color cotton construction. The RLB logo is embroidered in the center. White starburst with black swastika.


WWII GERMAN CIVIL DEFENSE ARMBAND This is the narrow version of the armband issued to members of the Volssturm. Printed design on a cotton body. reads "Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht"


WWII GERMAN VOLKSSTURM ARMBAND This is anohter example of thin Volkssturm armband. Issued to members of the civil defense forces. Printed design over a cotton body.




MISCELLANEOUS THIRD REICH ARMBANDS



WWII GERMAN STATE SERVICE ARMBAND This armband was issued to individuals who worked for the state. Yellow cotton body with a black eagle embroidered in the center. A black stamp is applied to the side.


GERMAN WWII CIVILIAN SERVICE ARMBAND This armband was issued to civiilan volunteers for the Wehrmacht. Printed words applied over a white cotton body. No markings on back.


WWII GERMAN WEHRMACHT SERVICE ARMBAND Black letters stitched onto a yellow cotton body. No markings are found on the back or inside. The armband was issued to civilians who performed duties for the Whermacht.


WWII GERMAN SA SPORTS ARMBAND sports were a very important activity in the Third Reich. Members of the SA were highly encourage to compete in sporting events. This armband was issued to participants.




WWII GERMAN SA SPORTS ARMBAND This is another example of an SA sports armband. Red cotton body with a separate white circle sewn in the center. RZM paper tag is found glued to inside.

HITLER YOUTH ARMBANDS

The Hitler Youth, abbreviated HJ, was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. It existed from 1922 to 1945. The HJ was the second oldest paramilitary Nazi group, founded one year after its adult counterpart, the Sturmabteilung (the SA). It was made up of the Hitlerjugend proper, for male youth ages 14–18; the younger boys' section Deutsches Jungvolk for ages 10–14; and the girls' section Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM, the League of German Girls).

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WWII GERMAN HITLER YOUTH ARMBAND This is a newer version of the armband. Red cotton body with a white stripe runing down the center. A white diamond is applied with a stitched balck swastika inside.


WWII GERMAN EARLY HITLER YOUTH ARMBAND The Hitler Youth armbands were first seen on July 1934 at a rally in the city of Plauen. Of cotton construction. Red body with white stripes on top and bottom.




WWII GERMAN RED CROSS ARMBANDS

The German Red Cross, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, or the DRK, is the national Red Cross Society in Germany.

Instituted in 1864 by Dr. Aaron Silverman of the Charité hospital of Berlin, the German Red Cross was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929.

Following Hitler's takeover of the government in Germany in 1933, the National Socialist Party moved to control the Red Cross as well. Thus the DRK became a legally recognized organization of the NSDAP in December 1937. Finally, at the end of 1938 the German Red Cross officially came under the control of the Nazi Party under the Ministry of the Interior's Social Welfare Organization, becoming de facto a Nazi entity.




WWII GERMAN RED CROSS ARMBAND This is the plain armband issued to all members of the Red Cross. White cotton construction with a red cross sewn in the center. Numbers are stamped on inside.


WWII GERMAN RED CROSS ARMBAND This is a fancier design of the armband, Same white cotton body with a red cross stitched in the center. The words "Deutches Rotes Kreuz" surround the cross.




WWII GERMAN RAILROAD ARMBANDS

The Deutsche Reichsbahn, "German Imperial Railway", was the name of the German national railway created from the railways of the individual states of the German Empire following the end of World War I.

It was founded in 1920 as the Deutsche Reichseisenbahnen when the Weimar Republic, formally Deutsches Reich ("German Empire" – hence the usage of "Reich" in the name of the railway), took national control of the German railways, which had previously been run by the German states.

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WWII GERMAN RAILROAD SERVICE ARMBAND Of cotton construction. Yellow color with the words "Deutches Reichsbahn" embroidered in black thread. A stamp is applied to one corner.


WWII GERMAN RAILROAD SERVICE ARMBAND This is the basic armband used by the railroad. Issued to their workers. Cotton construction. Light green color with an eagle and word Reichsbahn stamped in black ink.


WWII GERMAN IN THE SERVICE OF THE RAILROAD ARMBAND This is the armband that was issued to individuals who volunteered services for the railroad. Gray color body with embroidered letters.


WWII GERMAN RAILROAD ARMBAND This is the pattern used by Railroad police. Dark green body with an eagle and letters embroidered. The word Reichsbahn is written below the eagle.









 
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