Original German WWII RAD Women's Reich Labor Service Brooch and Competition Award in Case
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition German WWII Young Women's Reich Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst der weiblichen Jugend - RAD/wJ) brooch, along with a 1938 dated Competition award, contained in an original case. NSDAP Germany had a multitude of different organizations, and competitions were often arranged to help further indoctrinate their members.
The brooch is in very good condition, and has at the center the RAD logo, with the Swas (Swas or Hook Cross) above two sheaves of wheat. Around the edge are some decorative spirals, and overall it has a lovely patina. The back shows a lot of the original silver paint, and has a very nice condition safety pin style attachment. It is maker marked with J.B.u.Co., which is unfortunately an unknown maker, seen on many other examples of this brooch. It measures about 1 3/4" x 1 1/4"
The Competition award is also in very nice shape, with a lovely spread-wing Reichsadler (National Eagle) in the middle, with the information regarding the award around the border:
SIEGERGRUPPE JM UNTERGAU 440
This roughly translates to "performance competition winning group JM sub-group 440." The award is silvered zinc or tombak, and measures about 1 7/8" x 1 1/8", and is maker marked on the back by A.D. SCHWERDT of STUTTGART/S. The back still has a good amount of silvering, however the front is mostly faded. There is a nice safety pin attachment on the back.
Both of these are contained in a very nice case, which is marked by retailer Karl Sölter on the inside of the top. It has a lovely faux leather exterior, and a functional brass closure catch and read brass hinge. The interior is yellow velvet on the bottom, with satin on the inside of the lid.
A very nice German WWII Women's Medal set in case, ready to display!
The basis of the RAD, Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labor Service), dates back, at least, to 1929 with the formation of the AAD (Anhalt Arbeitsdienst) and the FAD-B (Freiwillingen Arbeitsdienst-Bayern). Shortly after AH’s appointment as Chancellor in Jan 1933, the NSDAP consolidated all labor organizations into the NSAD (Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst), a national labor service. It served 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.
On June 26 1935 the NSAD was officially re-designated RAD, and from then 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 to an auxiliary formation which provided support for the Wehrmacht armed forces. The RAD was divided into two major sections, one for men (Reichsarbeitsdienst Männer - RAD/M) and the voluntary, from 1939 compulsory, section for young women (Reichsarbeitsdienst der weiblichen Jugend - RAD/wJ).
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