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WW2 Arm bands.


SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
11 Dec 2008 /  #1
Hello,
A lot of the people on this forum are very interested in World War two.
So I thought you would all find these arm bands interesting.
They were being sold in an antique shop here in Poland.
I asked what they meant but I am not proficient enough in Polish to understand the answer.
Can someone translate them, please?.

There seems to be quite a few different ones.
I only know about the star of David, that the Jews got, the one that is in all the films.

It is scary to think people were branded like this.










Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
11 Dec 2008 /  #2
I can discern the Field Gendarmerie, the Todt Organiation (which built Nazi military installations) and the German red Cross. Not all are legible.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
11 Dec 2008 /  #3
Not all are legible.

I have the photos here on my computer, just tell me which ones you can not read and i will type it out.
I have to lower the pixels when i post them on here.

And could you tell us more about the Field Gendarmerie, the Todt Organiation , please?.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Dec 2008 /  #4
3rd from the left on the 2nd picture looks like the emblem of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler 1st Panzer Division.
Filios1 8 | 1,336  
11 Dec 2008 /  #5
3rd from the left on the 2nd picture

3rd from the right is some kind of Wehrmacht (German regular forces) arm band.
Piorun - | 658  
11 Dec 2008 /  #6
The biggest one Picture 1 with black swastika and white emblem inside.

TeNo Personnel Armband (Technical Emergency Aid). This was a civil volunteer organization comprised of skilled personnel who maintained and repaired essential public services in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. In 1939 it was part of Polizei which in turn was controlled by the SS. As the war progressed the TeNo became more of a paramilitary group run by officials who were increasingly controlled by the Waffen-SS.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
11 Dec 2008 /  #7
Here is a close up of the harder to read arm bands.









Cheery 10 | 126  
11 Dec 2008 /  #8
Those are like.. all in German.
OP SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
11 Dec 2008 /  #9
I don't speak German.
Here are some more zoom ins.







loco polaco 3 | 353  
11 Dec 2008 /  #10
IMG_2312_3.JPG

this si the one to the right of the red cross one.
polizei = police but i can't tell the forst word.

And could you tell us more about the Field Gendarmerie, the Todt Organiation , please?.

google.com/search?hl=en&q=Field+Gendarmerie

daggers.infopop.cc/eve/forums
Piorun - | 658  
11 Dec 2008 /  #11
Picture 2 5th from the left

I believe it says In Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht
"In Service of the German Armed Forces"
This armband was worn by non-German civilians serving the Armed Forces and Russian Auxiliaries when not in uniform.

There were a variety of civilian armbands that identified non-military personnel performing specific duties or functions for the Armed Forces. As the war progressed additional armbands became necessary as a means to identify the growing number of non-uniformed, and often non-German civilian personnel serving in a military capacity with all branches of the armed forces. As a result, a large selection of identifying armbands were introduced.

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