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The Schutzstaffel, German for "Protective Echelon", abbreviated SS - was a major Nazi organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The SS grew from a small paramilitary unit to a powerful force that served as the Führer's "Praetorian Guard," the Nazi Party's "Shield 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, Germany's regular armed forces.

This is a WWII German armband belonging to an officer in the SS. Multiple piece construction. The black circle and swastika are separate pieces. The swastika consists of black material with multiple folds. The body is of red heavy felt. Two thin black strips are sewn to the top and the bottom of the body.

The design of the armband was the same pattern as the NSDAP with the exception of the black bands.

The armband is in excellent condition. Of very high quality construction. The armband is used on the left side of the uniform.

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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  1. FAQ's
  2. WWII German Armband Anatomy
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. Construction materials
  6. Clothing tags
  7. Perspective view
  8. Purchasing a WWII German armband

The inside of the armband has a cloth RZM tag . Black background with silver letters. The left side has the RZM logo, followed by the numbers 34/37. The SS runnic symbol enclosed in a circle is placed on the right side.

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.


The value for WWII German armbands and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $380.00 $400.00 $450.00 $480.00 $500.00 $500.00 $530.00 $550.00 $600.00 $630.00 $650.00 $700.00
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Feb 28th, 2017
Germans produced a wide variety of flags during WWII. The armband featured here is getting hard to find. In general SS items are highly sought after. It is expected that the value will climb at a pretty good pace.

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