Original German WWII SA Wehrmannschaft Sports Armband with Paper RZM A4/251 Tag
Original Item: Only One Available. This SA Wehrmannschaft armband is unissued, near mint, and beautiful. The Sturmabteilung-Wehrmannschaft (Storm Division Military Team) was the military training defense group of the SA and was formed in 1939. The purpose of this organization was to provide military training to SA members before and after their military service. By May, 1944, over 3 million Germans had participated in this program.
This example of the SA Wehrmannschaft armband is a one-look textbook original. It features a machine woven, Bevo style representation of an SA sports badge, in brown and gold thread on a white backing, machine stitched to a band made of a thin red cotton material. The armband shows minor age toning, with a bit of storage wear, and shows a lot of folding and/or crumpling from storage. We do not think it was ever issued, but there is no way to be sure due to the condition. It measures 16 1/2" x 4 1/4" and is sewn together in the back.
The inside still features the original RZM tag which is somewhat worn and crumpled, probably from moisture exposure. The tag has a correct “B” tax code and features the RZM logo as well as the ink stamped numerical designation of the hersteller (manufacturer) A4/251 over lot No. 219945. This SA Wehrmannschaft armband is a very nice example that would be very hard to upgrade.
Nearly every military, civil, political and paramilitary organization in existence during the Third Reich used armbands. Armbands were worn on military and civilian uniforms and also on civilian clothes, from suit jackets to work clothing. They were used to denote membership in organizations, to indicate a specific role or function of the bearer, and as insignia of rank. Many organizations would change the design of their armbands over time, which added to the variety produced. These were manufactured in countless variations, ranging from simple printed bands to elaborately hand-embroidered pieces of the highest quality. Some NSDAP armbands were worn by all members of large organizations and were made by the millions. Others were intended for use at a specific time and place and were unique. Many types were made in very limited numbers. Some bore metal insignia or special identifiers that indicated the wearer’s rank, unit affiliation, or nationality. Armbands were sometimes but not always marked with ink stamps by the issuing authorities.
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