Original Set of Two German WWII National Socialist State Veteran's Association Felt Armbands - NSRKB

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Original Items: Only One Set of Two Available. The Kyffhäuserbund (English: Kyffhäuser League) is an umbrella organization for war veterans' and reservists' associations in Germany, founded in 1900 to unify the various veteran's groups in Germany. It owes its name to the Kyffhäuser Monument (German: Kyffhäuserdenkmal), a memorial built on the summit of the 473 m high Kyffhäuser mountain near Bad Frankenhausen, in the state of Thuringia in central Germany. It was not a political affiliated organization, and was open to all German war veterans.

When the National Socialist party came into party however, as with all national organizations, the group was absorbed under the NSDAP umbrella in the name of Gleichschaltung (Co-Ordination or NSDAPfication), the Kyffhäuserbund was after the NSDAP takeover of power in 1933. Five years later, its name was altered to NS-Reichskriegerbund ‘Kyffhäuser’ e.V. (National Socialist Reich Warriors Association ‘Kyffhäuser‘ - RSRKB), becoming the sole and exclusive organization representing the Veterans´ interests in the Third Reich. The organization would then be disbanded in March of 1943 and its members would be drafted into Volksturm service in 1945, as the fall of WWII Germany approached.

During the NSDAP period and into WWII, the logo changed several times, and here we have two very nice felt armbands displaying two of the WWII Variations.

The first Kyffhäuserbund / NSRKB armband has a BeVo embroidered white "shield" logo showing the Kyffhäuser Monument over the NSDAP National Flag, and is in very good used condition. It measures 14" x 3 3/8", with a black woven felt body that is partially sewn together in the back. It shows very little wear and still has almost all of the fuzzy "nap" to the fabric.

The second Kyffhäuserbund / NSRKB armband also has a BeVo embroidered white "shield" logo showing the Kyffhäuser Monument, except underneath is the NSDAP swas (Hook cross) emblem in a white circle on a red field. It is also in very good used condition, and measures 15 3/4" x 3 1/4", with a black woven felt body that is not sewn together in the back. It is also in very good shape, with just a few small moth holes on the black felt band.

A very nice set of two WWII NSRKB Armbands, with just a bit of period wear.

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