OUTSTANDING Original ALMOST MINT WWII German NSDAP (NAZI PARTY) Super Deluxe Political High Leader KREISLEITUNG LEVEL, MAIN DEPARTMENT Style Armband WITH RZM TAG Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History

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Original WWII Super Deluxe Political High Leader KREISLEITUNG LEVEL, MAIN DEPARTMENT 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 Kreisleitung level, administrative armband. Roughly 13cm tall, 52cm long, armband features a heavy red wool base with central white rayon circular field with canted, black machine woven rayon swastika to center. Both the white circular field and the swastika are bordered in machine woven golden yellow threads. Top and bottom edges of the armband are trimmed with a 20mm wide, machine woven horizontal strip of repeating golden yellow celleon oak-leaves with gilt piping to the top and bottom. To the bottom and top edges are white rayon piping. The horizontal strips of repeating oak-leaves, gilt borders and the white piping indicate this armband represented a Leiter Eines Haupt Amtes, (Leader of a Main Department), at the Kreisleitung level . Shows the expected light age but ALMOST MINT CONDITION!  It still has the paper RZM tag!  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! ALMOST MINT! IF YOU WANT THE BEST THIS IS IT!

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