Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband


SKU: 22.GOR.

Estimated market value:

$125 USD

  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Obverse
  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Obverse
  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Obverse
  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Reverse
  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Inside Out
  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Detail
  • Deutsche Luftwaffe Armband Detail

Estimated market value:

$125 USD


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The German Wehrmacht was composed of three main branches, the Heer (Army), the Kriegsmarine (Navy), and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). The Heer and Kriegsmarine uniforms were based upon the designs utilized by their predecessor organizations, the Reichsheer and the Kaiserliche Marine. Conversely, the Luftwaffe uniforms were based upon the uniforms worn in the sports and paramilitary organizations that were the forerunners of the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe uniforms were specifically designed to deviate from the designs of the other Wehrmacht service branches. It was also necessary that the uniforms differentiate between military and civilian pilots.

The majority of Luftwaffe armbands were instituted prior to the start of the Second World War, but only a select few of these armbands continued to be used during the war. There were only a handful of armbands introduced for wear during the Second World War.

These armbands were meant to be worn while performing a specific role, and not as a permanent insignia. The wearer returned the armband to the issuing unit after completing their role. The issuer may have stamped a cachet onto the armband in indelible ink.

The Deutsche Luftwaffe armband was introduced late in the Second World War, and it was meant to be worn by all aircraft crew in the Luftwaffe. Specifically, it was supposed to identify German pilots and crew who had been downed in German territories so that they would not be confused with enemy pilots and shot.

The armband was worn on the upper left arm, and it is composed of bright yellow cloth with additional printed designs. The inscription "DEUTSCHE LUFTWAFFE" is featured in black block letters below the black Luftwaffe pattern national emblem eagle.


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