Original German WWII RAD Reich Labour Service Officer Personal Signed Photo Album

Item Description

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

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

This personal photo album consisting of approximately 60 photos and postcards was from an officer in the Reichsarbeitsdienst. The first pages is signed by multiple men with personal dedications and well wishes. The album is a remembrance of the mandatory time this soldier spent in the RAD before the onset of WW2. It features images of men in uniform, recreating, working, camps with name identifications, celebrations, R&R time and much more. One of the nicest ones we have ever seen and one of the few specifically designated for RAD use.

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