Original German WWII Field Used HJ Member Multi-piece Construction Armband - German Youth Organization

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Original Item: Only One Available. This H jugend (HJ) Armband is in very good used condition. Unlike many that we have seen, this example definitely was worn over time, so it definitely saw use in the field. These are often called "cut off" examples, even though they were not usually sewn to the uniform. There is overall staining from dirt, and a few individual stains. It measures approximately 13 3/4" x 4 1/4", and was sewn together at one point, but the stitching is removed. It also has small label reading H.P. sewn to it, but we believe this to be the owners initials, not a maker label.

The band is of multi-piece construction, red with a white center stripe, with the usual applied HJ diamond with a sewn-on Swas (hook cross). A very nice HJ Armband, especially if you like examples that have the battle-hardened look provided from a bit of period wear. Ready to display!

The German Youth Organization, and often abbreviated as HJ in German, was the youth organization of the NSDAP Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922 and it received the name HJ, Bund deutscher Arbeiterjugend ("HJ, League of German Worker Youth") in July 1926. From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a paramilitary organization; it was composed of the HJ proper for male youths aged 14 to 18, the German Youngsters in the HJ (Deutsches Jungvolk in der HJ or "DJ", also "DJV") for younger boys aged 10 to 14, and the League of German Girls (Bund Deutsche Mädel or "BDM").

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