Reichzeugmeisterei ( RZM ) Organizational Function
It has been a misconception by many new collectors and their first look into the RZM ,that have misled those into thinking that the RZM was a dagger producer due to the RZM logo present with the producers contract number. For the new collector at first glance the thought is to be a producer logo. Thomas Wittmann `s Description from his Reference ..( Exploring The Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS ) sheds light on the RZM question.
The Reichzeugmeisterei der NSDAP ( National Materials Ministry of the National Socialist German Workers Party ) or RZM was organized as a licensing agency which authorized private firms to either produce or sell insignia, clothing and equipment of the NSDAP or its member organizations. Without the official license to produce or sell these “controlled “ goods, an offender risked a large fine and a prison sentence. In fact, the German courts published the names and sentences of those convicted of these crimes, effectively curtailing transgressors. The agency was under the control of the NSDAP treasurer , Reichsleiter Franz Xavier Schwartz and constituted Hauptamt VIII of the NSDAP Party Treasury .
It should be stressed however, that the agency was purely political, and (DID NOT PRODUCE ANYTHING ). New designs were submitted to, and approved by the party branches involved. These prototypes, together with manufacturing specifications, were then turned over to the RZM , where they utilized the designs to exercise production and standardization controls. In turn there was no competitive pricing permitted, as the pricing for completed items was to be consistently uniform. -Thomas Wittmann-
More of the RZM description can be found on the following pages of Tom Wittmanns SS book… pgs 159-161
Organizations that were subject to the RZM were of political status,,…SA- SS –NSKK and the HJ, ( for reasons unknown the NPEA was not affected )
The letter "M" seen before a number is a metal license prefix. Listed below are 12 prefixes of materials controlled by the RZM.
M/3-Symbols and emblems
M/4-Belts & buckles
M/7h- Dagger sub-contractors ( not seen )
M/11-NSDAP Long service medals
M/12-NSDAP "Miniature" Long service medals
Included below are the other prefixes also pertaining to the RZM control.
RZM - A Ausrustung / Outfitting
RZM -B Baumwolle / Cotton and fabrics
RZM - D Dienstkleidung / Service clothing
RZM - E Einzelhandel / Retail trade
RZM - G Grosshandel / Wholesale
RZM - H Handelsvertreter / Trade representatives
RZM - K Kleidereinzelhandel / Retail clothing
RZM - L Leder / Leather
RZM - M Metall / Metal
RZM - V Verkaufstellen / Retail outlets...also worked in conjunction with RZM E
RZM - W Wolle / Wool
Below is the Reichzeugmeisterei building today located in Munich
At first, before the RZM office building proper was finished, the RZM office was located in Schwanthaler Straße and later in offices of the former SA-Wirtschaftsstelle in Tegernseer Landstraße. The RZM building itself was built on the estate of the former Wagen- und Maschinenfabrik Gebr. Beißbarth OHG, which was acquired by the NSDAP from the Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank in 1934. Local architects Paul Hofer and Karl Johann Fischer were commissioned by the NSDAP Reichsleitung with the design of the RZM main building in the "new district" of Munich. Main construction management was overseen by Josef Heldmann. The huge construction was one of the first in Germany to be built using steel frame technology. Construction started in 1935 and the building was almost finished by 1937. It was surrounded by accommodation blocks for the RZM workers.
After World War II, the American forces occupied the complex, and the Reichsadler and the swastika were removed from the main building's façade. The main building became block no. 7 of the US-McGraw Kaserne. Since the withdrawal of American troops from Munich in the 1990s, the main building has been used by a satellite department of the Police Headquarters of Munich.
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11-30-2012 02:48 AM
Re: Reichzeugmeisterei ( RZM ) Organizational Function
Good information, thanks for posting.