Original German WWII R.A.D. Abteilung 1/251 Meine Arbeitsdienstzeit “My Labor Service Time” Photo Album - 100 Pictures

Item Description

Original Item: One-Of-A-Kind. The Reich Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst; RAD) was a major organization established in NSDAP Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on the German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with NSDAP ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women.

From June 1935 onward, men aged between 18 and 25 may have served six months before their military service. During World War II, compulsory service also included young women and the RAD developed into an auxiliary formation which provided support for the Wehrmacht armed forces.

A total of 100 photographs fill this album, making it a treasure-trove of images taken from the viewpoint of a young, patriotic German RAD member. Historical records like this album have become priceless time capsules that provide an incomparable level of insight into the individual experience of the Second World War, now that over seventy years have passed.

The pictures show the light side of war and have images of RAD members “goofing around” and staging for humorous photos. There are lovely shots of both enlisted personnel and officers as well as different activities being conducted. There are images of men in their RAD sports attire working out, tools and equipment staged, lovely shots of men carrying their Hewers, various parades and speeches, photographs of regular Heer soldiers in defensive positions and many many more!

All pictures are crisp and clear with impeccable detail amongst the RAD ranks during WWII. This is a must have for the Labor Corps collector. Comes more than ready for display!

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