An Early (Brown-Shirt) SS Armband (Kampfbinde)
An Early (Brown-Shirt) SS Cotton Armband (Kampfbinde); this type of cotton armband was worn with the brown shirt. It features the distinctive (10mm wide, stitched onto red armband) black upper and lower borders; the central swastika is made of black cotton and stitched onto white field, which is separately machine stitched to the red cotton armband. The underside of the armband displays the usual circular stitching. Total length of the armband is approximately 34cm (or nearly 13 1/2 inches), and is 13cm high (just over 5 inches); these early SS cotton armbands are rarer than the more commonly found wool armbands, as the display on the brown shirts became less common with the introduction of the black tunic. In well worn condition. Footnote: This item was brought back by US Army NCO C.H. Johnson, born in 1915, from Ohio, who was stationed at Camp Dachau in 1945; photocopy of his US Army Camp Dachau Identification Card (Nr.8063) will be accompanied with this item. C.H. Johnson was killed in a tragic car accident in 1972; souvenirs from Dachau he brought back (together with his uniform, photos, documents) were sold to a collector in Ohio, who in turn sold them to eMedals.