German WWII RLB Armband- This would be worn by members of the national air service organization. It is made of blue cloth with an embroidered starburst which is superimposed by a black swastika. Sewn together in the rear. Marked in black in on the reverse, Ges.Gesh H&F. Showing light wear and discoloration. Scarce.
History: The RLB was organized by Hermann Göring in 1933 as a voluntary association. Existing volunteer air raid precaution associations were then forced to merge with RLB. In 1939 the RLB became a Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization), while in 1944 it became an affiliated organization of the NSDAP Party. It was in charge of educating and training ordinary German men and women in civil defense procedures necessary for the basic level of local self-help of the civil population against air raids. The local level was formed around air raid wardens and operated in small first intervention squads. The training included firefighting, protection against chemical weapons, communication procedures and preparation of houses and apartments against air raids.