Often discussed and wrongly explained as SA-Sports-armband (see thread from August 12, 2015 - question SA armband):
This armband was, as far as I know, worn by SA-Wehrabzeichen-Gemeinschaften, which were trainig for the SA-Wehrabzeichen, related
to SA-Wehrmannschaften and SA-Jungwehrmannschaften. As far as known they acted mainly in civil clothings (see photo from my
friend Laurens Hessels from a magazine). Possibly this is one of the few photos where the armband is being worn.
With the regular uniform for the SA-Wehrmannschaft the usual SA armband had to be worn acoording to orders from December 6, 1939.
The use of the armband, standardized with the woven SA sports emblem, was not allowed to be worn with the SA-Wehrmannschaft service-
dress (Dienstanzug). As such it was noted in the Verordnungsblatt der Obersten SA-Führung from July 1, 1942 (see last lines from the publication).
In general this means to be worn by persons, reserved for the SA-Wehrmannschaft, but in civil!
With the service-dress for the SA-Wehrmannschaft no other insignia or symbols were allowed to be worn as ordered with the introduction
in late December 1939 (Verordnungsblatt der Obersten SA-Führung, number 123, order FO 2b Nr. 13704)
"Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916
The wear of this armband was likely short lived likely due to the manpower requirements at that time in the war. The vast majority of surviving examples are found unissued and intact with their RZM tag. Evidently, great amounts of these were found and brought home as souvenirs by the Allied servicemen.
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thanks fellas ,for the information
I've always thought of these armbands as extremely attractive designs. In a way, it's almost best that they Weren't all used and worn out, but have stayed relatively clean and pristine for the last 75 years or so. Nice item!
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