DAS REICH CUFF BANDS


ALL IMAGES AND TEXT COURTESY OF MR. GARY WOOD, MR. WILLI SCHUMACHER AND MR. MARK BANDO
This cuffband was removed from the tunic of Das Reich Divisional Commander, Obersturmbannführer Christian Tychsen on July 28, 2021 after he was mortally wounded by members of the U.S 2nd Armored Division near Trelly, France. This item is in the collection of historian Mark Bando.
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Machine woven "DEUTSCHLAND" cuff band for officers, Gothic type. The band is a woven black rayon type with salt and pepper back ,inscription is woven in aluminium wire.

Hand embroidered "DEUTSCHLAND" Officers cuff band, Gothic type, the band is machine woven black rayon with 7 strand wire edges top and bottom, with inscription hand embroidered in aluminium wire.

Machine embroidered enlisted mans type Gothic "DEUTSCHLAND" cuff band, the band has 7 wire strand edges top and bottom, the embroidery has yellowed somewhat with age.

Machine embroidered "DEUTSCHLAND" cuff band for enlisted ranks. This type is embroidered in Latin style of lettering. Again the band has 7 wire strands top and bottom.

Machine woven cuff band for the Regiment "DER FUHRER", this is the BeVo type band. The band has silver grey lettering and borders on a black rayon band with salt and pepper back.
RZM enlisted Ranks "DAS REICH" cuff band.The band is black rayon with silver/grey machine embroidered lettering. Top and Bottom edges has 7 stands of aluminium wire.
Enlisted ranks machine embroidered cuff band for Regiment "LANGEMARCK" . The band edges have 7 strands of aluminiun wire top and bottom, the wording is machine embroidered in silver grey rayon thread on a black woven rayon band.
Officers machine woven cuff band for Regiment "DER FUHRER", the band is woven in black Rayon thread with the lettering woven in aluminium wire. The reverse has the usual salt and pepper backing.
This particular cuffband belonged to SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Karl Demelhuber, who was the first commanding officer of the Germania Regiment in Hamburg in 1934.  He continued to wear the cuffband throughout the war. 
An enlisted man's RZM-styled Cuffband with the lettering being in white thread.  Once again the lettering is gothic.



Updated January 11, 2022


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