H053176 TRAFFIC CONTROL ARMBAND. (─rmelbinde)

BACKGROUND: The "Feldgendarmerie", (Military Field Police), units were established on mobilization of the army in 1939 and drew the majority of its personnel from the civil Ordnungspolizei, (Order Police), as they were already familiar with policing regulations and tasks. As an expedient measure the Feldgendarmerie personnel originally wore police uniforms with army insignia added but by late 1939 or early 1940 they were issued army uniforms with distinct identifying insignia including a duty Gorget, a police sleeve badge and a cufftitle for wear by all ranks. On October 26TH 1939 the Verkehrsregelungs-Bataillonen, (Traffic Regulations Battalions), were constituted as a sub-branch of the Feldgendarmerie and were tasked with all military traffic control. When performing traffic control duties the Verkehrsregelungs-Bataillonen personnel were issued with a distinguishing armband that was to be returned to the authorizing authority on conclusion of the traffic duties. Of Note: The Verkehrsregelungs-Bataillonen were reorganized in 1942 as Feldgendarmerie-Abteilungen, (Military Police Battalions), but remained responsible for traffic controlling duties and continued to utilize the identifying armband as required.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Bright orange cotton/rayon construction armband with black machine woven, Latin script in two lines, "Verkehrs-Aufsicht", (Traffic-Control), to the obverse center. Both the top and bottom edges of the armband have a row of reinforcement stitching and the reverse has a machine stitched vertical seam. The armband is in overall very good, clean condition. Scarce armband.

GRADE ****1/2                                                 PRICE $299.00 (Or Best Offer)

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