Armbands and Brassards
Arm-bands, brassards and cuff-titles are often used by uniformed organisations to indicate a temporary duty. They are sometimes issued and worn instead of full military uniform to confer a legal status as combatants or non-combatants (such as the Red Cross Armband for medical personnel).
Arm-bands are a cloth band that goes around the upper arm, as opposed to a brassard, which fastens to the shoulder strap (or a button on the shoulder) and then wraps around the upper arm. In effect a brassard is longer than an arm-band.
The Royal Navy sometimes uses cuff titles as a wrist-band for duties such as 'Sentry' or 'Naval Provost'.
A black armband is traditionally used around the time of a funeral to indicate mourning.
B7E131 British Army Brassard - Olive Green £5.00
B7N310 Civil Defence Corps Armband (Regional Staff) Navy Blue On Yellow QC Embroidered £7.00
B7O933 Civil Defence Corps Headquarters Armband Navy Blue On Yellow KC Embroidered PA page 14 £7.00
B7J264 Civil Defence Corps Rescue Armband (Regional Staff) Navy Blue On Yellow KC Embroidered PA page 14 £7.00
B7N654 Civil Defence Corps Welfare Armband (Regional Staff) Navy Blue On Yellow KC Embroidered PA page 14 £7.00
B7J265 Civil Defence Corps Welfare Armband (Regional Staff) Navy Blue On Yellow QC Embroidered £7.00
B7G461 Derby Scheme Armband - Red Crown On Khaki - WW1 Rare Clear Issue-Stamping KC Serge £40.00
B7S020 Directing Staff / Military Umpire White Armband Linen £8.00
B7G645 Fire Guard Armband Yellow On Navy Blue Printed £8.00
B7V772 Germany Guard Service Brassard Words Around Crown QC Embroidered £12.00
B7H330 IFOR Armband With IFOR Badge Printed On Plastic Printed Bosnia £8.00
B7E915 PTS Armband: Navy Nurse Preliminary Training School White On Navy Blue Embroidered £5.00
B7B159 Red Cross Armband Red Cross On White Cotton £8.00
B7P061 Red Cross White Armband - Royal Navy Issue Plasticised Cloth Printed £8.00
B7O891 Red Cross White Brassard - Royal Navy Issue Printed £8.00
B7J081 Royal Air Force Medic White Armband - Sky Blue Crown Wings, Rod & Snakes QC Embroidered £10.00
B7M628 Royal Air Force Movement Control - Yellow 'Mov' On Red Armband Felt £10.00
B7E885 Royal Air Force Police Armband - RAFP On Black/Red/Black Embroidered £10.00
B7Q951 Royal Air Force Police Corporal Armband On Black/Red/Black Printed £10.00
B7N657 Royal Military Police Brassard - Black MP On Red On DPM Camouflage £8.00
B7P521 Royal Navy Armband Red RN On Navy Blue Printed £8.00
B7O890 Royal Navy Provost Cuff Band (Crown Between NP) Blue On White QC Printed £10.00
B7R244 Royal Navy Sentry Cuff Band Blue On White Printed £10.00
B7Q952 Traffic - Black Letters On Red Armband Embroidered £10.00
This page was updated on Saturday 14 November 2015
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