BACKGROUND: Formed in late 1932 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Ministry of Aviation), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League), and was given status as an official, national, organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time, uniformed, officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. The first pattern RLB emblem, (Circa 1933-1938), consisted of a forty-eight point white star burst pattern with the stylized initials, "RLB" to the center, positioned above a small, canted, swastika. In October 1938 the RLB emblem was redesigned and replaced the RLB letters with a large swastika

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A light blue, cotton/rayon armband with a machine embroidered white star burst with a mobile swastika to the center. To the reverse, along the vertical stitching are the embroidered words "BEVO-WUPPERTAL". One small hole to the back.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $189.00

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