German Colonial Imperial Tri-Color Identification Armband


Linen brassard in imperial colors. Simple brassards such as these were manufactured for use in several colonies. Measures 18cm by 10.5cm. Made of three separate strips of colored linen cloth. Does not glow under black light inspection.

Armbands in the German Imperial colors (black/white/red) were worn on the upper left arm by different German colonial forces to aid identification. They were worn most commonly in the First World War during the East African campaign when regulation uniforms and insignia were not available and the enemy was dressed very similarly. Examples had been seen on Witbooi auxiliaries on the German side in pre-war colonial campaigns in South West Africa and were also known to have been worn by the Tsingtao Chinese Police and most likely by other irregular units in the colonies.

Availability: 1 in stock

SKU 2731389-GI1 Category
Scroll to Top