NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter Armband
NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter Armband, replica constructed of red cotton, centering black ribbed swastika with a single gilded pip in the center, superimposed on the white circle, both edged in golden bullion threads; extending on both sides of swastika are large oakleaves in golden bullion, edged by a double row of twisted bullion wire.
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Ortsgruppenleiter (Local Group Leader) was a Nazi Party political rank and title which existed between 1930 and 1932, the political rank of Ortsgruppenleiter was denoted by a braided shoulder cord and a white collar bar worn on a Nazi Party brown shirt. After 1933, the rank was denoted by two light yellow collar bars. The actual rank of Ortsgruppenleiter was phased out of the Nazi Party in 1939, replaced by a large number of expanded paramilitary political titles.
The position of Ortsgruppenleiter was after this time typically held by a Nazi with the rank of Abschnittsleiter, paired as well with a political armband denoting the specific position of Ortsgruppenleiter.
During World War II, the position of Ortsgruppenleiter encompassed a large amount of responsibility and power as it was these Nazi officials who typically ran the city civil defense systems as well as the allocation of war rations and civil relief efforts. As Germany was invaded and defeat became imminent, Nazi leaders in major towns and cities also became ad hoc military commanders in charge of mixed-unit German forces and Volksturm units.