Original German WWII Reich Labor Service 27" x 40" Wool Pennant Flag - Reichsarbeitsdienst
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII German Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD - National Labor Service) Wool Wimpel (Pennant Flag). It is red in color, with a circle bearing the RAD logo: a shovelhead, which has a canted Swas (Hook Cross) in the middle, with two sheaves of wheat extending from the bottom at 45 degree angles.
Condition is good, with small holes from wear, or possibly moth, and overall age toning. It does not have a header or any hanging fittings, so it was most likely a type that would be tacked up to a wall or possibly a pole.
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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