GERMAN WWII HITLER YOUTH ARMBAND -
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).
This is a German WWII Hitler Youth armband. It was issued to individuals who joined the Hitler Youth.
Constructed of cotton material .
The design consisted of three horizontal stripes, two positioned on the outside (which
were red) and one in the center (which was white).
The Hitler Youth diamond shape was placed in the center with a large swastika in black. The
of the armband had two white stripes. One above and one below.
The armband was worn on the left side of the uniform.
The inside of the armband has a paper tag glued to it. This is known as the
RZM tag. It consists of a large letter "A"
followes by the RZM logo. The word Hersteller. An the HJ diamond logo. Just below that is the designation
A4. The words REICHSZEUGMEISTEREI DER NSDAP, which translates to "Minestery of the NSDAP".
The characters F4 are followed by a black ink stamped serial number. Notice that the color of the printed
fonts is different than the stamped characters.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German armbands. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German armband worth?". A price
guide is included here to address this question. The value of the armbands is reviewed
over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German
armbands in the collector's market is illustrated.
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This armband may currently be reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this armband. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the armband.
If you have an interest is seeing other armbands of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
to our WWII German Armbands
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine),
Air Force (Luftwaffe), political and civilian organizations.