Original WWII German NSDAP (NAZI PARTY) Super Deluxe Political High Leader Reich Gala Style Armband Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History
Original WWII Super Deluxe Political High Leader Reich Gala Style Armband Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History. The NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), was originally founded in Munich as the DAP, Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (German Worker’s Party), on January 5TH 1919. When Adolf Hitler joined the DAP in the autumn of 1919 he was to reform what was basically a debating society into an active political party. Appointed as the first chairman of the party on July 29TH 1921 Hitler was to restructure it along para-military lines in a hierarchy of four levels of government consisting of the Reichsleitung, (National Level), the Gauleitung, (Provincial/State Level), the Kreisleitung, (District Level), and the Ortsgruppenleitung, (Local Level). The NSDAP had utilized the basic identifying swastika armbands as early as 1922 to be worn by party members at all rallies or political functions. Shortly afterwards, (circa 1923), Political Leader’s began wearing a new pattern armband with additional stripes that indicated functional positions within the party. In 1939 a second pattern of Political Leader’s armbands were introduced which denoted administrative or operational functions and level of government. Of Note: In late 1934 items manufactured for the NSDAP, came under the quality control of the RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster) and as a result were marked with the RZM logo when appropriate. Of Note: The RZM was official founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA Quartermaster’s Department. The functions of the RZM were not only to procure and distribute items to Party formations, but also to approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification and were standardized. Nice quality, second pattern, multi-piece wool and rayon construction high leader armband. Armband features a heavy red wool base with central white rayon circular field with canted, black taped construction rayon swastika to center. Both the white circular field and the swastika are bordered in gilt wire threads. Top and bottom edges of the armband are trimmed with a 7mm wide, machine woven horizontal strip of repeating gilt wire oak-leaves and white rayon piping. The horizontal strips of repeating oak-leaves and the gold piping indicate this armband was the highest leader This example was a salesman sample. It has the heavy bullion and embroidery seldom seen, even during the period. This was the so called “gala” bullion style.German Militaria (Reich Gala Style Armband) (Leader of a Main Post), at the Kreisleitung level. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition some paper remnants on the back from when it was removed from the salesman sample board. . Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Rare 100% Guaranteed to be authentic, Brought home by a U.S Veteran as a trophy of war. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. Do not miss this one! ARM BANDS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND! DO NOT MISS IT! A VERY RARE ARMBAND! THESE RARELY MAKE IT TO OUR WEB SITE!