Original German WWII State Service Armband marked for P.O.W. Work Battalion 24 Prisoner 112
Original Item: Only One Available. The yellow German State Service Armband was worn by uniformed German personnel who were attached to the Armed Forces during WWII. Often, these were worn by men of the Reichsarbeitsdienst and Reichsbahn who were operating with the German Army in the occupied countries. They were also issued to Prisoner's of War when used on work details.
This is a great example, in very good condition, complete with the prisoner number and work battalion information stamped on the back in Black Letter typeface:
This is an abbreviation for Kriegsgefangenen Bau und Arbeitsbataillon 24, which translates to "prisoner of war construction and working battalion 24". The front side is a textbook woven, golden yellow cotton construction German State Service Armband, with prisoner number 112 stamped on the left, with an inspection stamp on the right. The armband with a machine woven, stylized, left facing, national eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in its talons, in black cotton threads, to the obverse center. It measures 13" x 4", and is sewn together in the back.
This German State Service Armband is a nice one, made especially desirable by the fact as its a near excellent example with no wear, and that it is marked for a Prisoner of War work Battalion. Ready to display!
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 Nazi 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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