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    Here is a partial list of the leaders of the Reichs Arbeits Dienst

    Generalfeldmeister :

    Wagner, Dr. Hermann
    Busse, Wilhelm
    Decker, Dr. Wilhelm
    Schmeidler, Dr. Herbert
    Tholens, Hermann
    Alten, Viktor von AD Gau XV Saschen-Ost
    Henrici, Dr. Waldemar AD Gau IV Pommern-Ost
    Schinnerer, Fritz AD Gau XXXI Oberrhein
    Eisenbeck, Martin AD Gau I Ostpreussen
    Schmückle, Karl AD Gau XXIII Thuringen
    Simon, Karl AD Gau XIV Merseburg
    Loye, Fritz zur AD Gau XIX Niedersachen-West
    Band, Viktor

    char. Obergeneralarbeitsführer :

    Löffelholz, Wilhelm von Colberg
    Köhler, Friedrich AD Gau XVI Saschen-West
    Baumann, Hans AD Gau XXX Bayern-Hochland
    Schröder, Ludwig AD Gau VI Mecklenburg
    Dortschy, Hans

    Generalarbeitsführer :

    Kerrl, Hans
    Gönner, Rolf von
    Krause, Albert
    Laur, Carl AD Gau XXIX Bayern-Ostmark
    Kampmann, Karoly
    Roch, Rudolf AD Gau X Niederschleisen
    Schröder, Dr. Fritz (S)
    Prentzel, Max AD Gau XIII Magdeburg-Anhalt
    Pressenthin, Bredo v.
    Wenkstein, Carl von AD Gau IV Pommern-Ost
    Arndt, Günther AD Gau XI Mittelschlesien
    Blank, Max AD Gau XXI Niederrhein
    Bormann, Herbert AD Gau IX Brandenburg
    Etterich, Arthur AD Gau XXIV Mittelrhein
    Faatz, Wilhelm AD Gau XXV Hessen-Sud
    Helff, Eduard AD Gau XXVII Baden
    Klockner, Hans-Georg AD Gau XXXII Westmark
    Kretzschmann, Hermann
    Krichbaum, Karl AD Gau XX Westfalen-Sud
    Müller, Alfred AD Gau XXVI Wurttemberg
    Neuerburg, Wilhelm AD Gau XXII Hessen-Nord
    Oswald, August AD Gau V Pommern-West
    Klein, Wilhelm AD Gau XVII Niedersachen-Mitte
    Triebel, Otto AD Gau VII Schleswig-Holstein
    Bruer, Hermann
    Berck, Julius AD Gau XIX Niedersachen-West
    Hoppenrath, Paul AD Gau X Niederschlisen
    Lambeck, Ernst
    Preuschen, Alfred AD Gau XXII Hessen-Nord
    Wende, Kurt
    Hickl, Friedrich
    Kahlen, Erwin
    Pfrogner, Anton
    Scharf, Kurt
    Klausch, Günther
    Voigt, Max
    Stoll, Otto
    Leuthner, Emil
    Riester, Herbert
    Commichau, Alexander
    Mangoldt, Hans von
    Bethmann, Walter
    Bothmer, Ullrich v.
    Bruno, Heinz AD Gau XII Oberschlesien
    Künzel, Alfred
    Lukesch, Ivo
    Schneider, Johann
    Ehrlich, Dr. Kurt
    Brack, Werner
    Brendel, Hans
    Consilius, Waldemar
    Matz, Hans
    Rocholl, Hermann
    Wesemann, Hans
    Hinkel, Heinrich
    Leitner, Robert
    Munzert, Howhard
    Schulze, Wilhelm
    Zahnow, Gustav
    Müller, Hermann
    Hasper, Kurt
    Lasch, Carl
    Oberfeld, Emil
    Weiße, Günther

    char. Generalarbeitsführer :

    Tiemann, Willy
    Zweifel, Johann
    Meier-Rönningen, Johann
    Müller-Roger, Herbert
    Görer von Ravensburg, Kurt
    Wohlgemuth, Dr. Arthur (S)
    Maßmann, Rudolf
    Meißner, Georg
    Dreyrer, Franz
    Lemp, Ludwig
    Bangert, Viktor
    Fonck, Richard
    Ruschmann, Wilhelm
    Weise, Willibald
    Zimmer, Emil
    Berry, Heinrich
    Ulrich, Ernst
    Ludwig, Alfred
    Eichmann, Otto
    Hildebrandt, Heinrich
    Vogt, Franz
    Sommer, Max
    Amberger, Gustav
    Kaufmann, Karl
    Berendt, Erich
    Hoffmann, Werner

    Little information is available to me as to when the changes in leadership occourred ie; fom one postion to another like Neuerberg from XXII -XXX Shinnerer from to etc.. There is more information at hand, and I will update soon, hopefully I can edit where needed in the future, or I will scrap this and start over.. G
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    Yo G...would you terribly mind if I change the color of your text post to white for easier access of reading?..and I will delete my post after that
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    Thanks Larry !!
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    Victor von Alten (Chief Labour Leader)

    Karl Wilhelm Victor von Alten, modernized Viktor von Alten (October 4, 1880 in Seesen - May 11, 1967 in Hanover) was a German officer and Nazi official in the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD).

    Alten came from the Lower Saxon noble family of the elderly and was the son of the ducal-Brunswick chief magistrate Julius August Bruno von Alten (1818-1884) and his wife Bertha née von Campe (1838-1918). After attending the Humanist Gymnasium in Holzminden, Victor von Alten joined the Prussian army in the Jägerbataillon No. 5 in Hischberg in 1899. He took part in various positions in the First World War and then joined the Reichswehr. He was active in the Reichswehr Ministry and belonged to the Reiter Regiment No. 6. As a lieutenant colonel, he retired from active military service and was granted permission to continue wearing the uniform of the Rider Regiment No. 6. He was also a member of the Reich Association of German Officers (RDO).
    From then on, Victor von Alten worked in the nSDAP-Gau Thuringia. On 1 April 1933 he was appointed Gauarbeitsführer of the Arbeitsgau XV Sachsen with his registered office in the Saxon capital Dresden, which was promoted to the Reich Labour Service in 1935. After Victor von Alten was appointed General Labour Leader, he was promoted by Adolf Hitler to Chief General Labour Leader on 16 May 1942.
    After the end of the Second World War, Victor von Alten was one of the founding members of the "Interests Association of the Professional Members of the Former Reich Labour Service and their survivors, The Bavarian State Association" in Regensburg on 19 March 1949. Under his leadership, the first meeting of the persons involved in the establishment of a nationwide organization of the former Reich Labour Service leaders took place on 8 October 1949 and the head of the previous established regional associations in Cologne.
    Victor von Alten married Anna Loseit (born 1902), daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Loseit on Aulowöhnen and his wife Auguste Wilhelmine née Froese, on 27 September 1933 in Berlin.

    Credit Wiki and various sources

    Some mis-identify von Alten as Reichsarbeitsfuhrer Hierl, I am also working on the awards that were earned and presented to these individuals, at this time it would to lengthy a post.
    I have included a drawing of the Traditions badge worn on the cap by this GAU XV Sachsen. Feel free to post additional pics, if it gets to confusing, I will ask a mod to close this thread, and start an individual thread of each Generalarbeitsfuhrer member, but I would like to keep this as one progressive thread for a searching purposes, a one stop reference guide if you will.. I will add more in the near future. G
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    Very impressive G man.
    Great pic of Victor von Alten

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    Günther Arndt (Generalarbeitsfuhrer / Politician)

    Günther Arndt
    Günther Hermann Richard Arndt (December 1, 1894 in Lomnitz, Hirschberg district - May 18, 1975 in Pretoria, South Africa) was a German Nazi and member of the Reichstag of the Nazi Party.

    He was the son of the landowner Richard Arndt and from 1901 to 1914 attended the elementary school and various high schools in Hirschberg, Reichenbach and In Tarnowitz. From 1914 to 1920 he was a professional soldier: First, as a flag boy, he joined the 2nd Litthauische Feldartillerie Regiment No. 37, and was promoted to lieutenant on 6 January 1915. During World War I, Arndt was first a regimental adjutant, then from August 1917 the leader of a gun battery. He was wounded four times on the front, two of them seriously. The loss of a leg led to the retirement of the active army service. When he was retired from the Reichswehr in 1920 as a lieutenant, he had received the Iron Cross I and 2nd class as well as the Silver Wounded Badge. From 1920 to 1926 Arndt was an agricultural official in the Polish part of Upper Silesia. Until 1931 he worked on his own property in the former county of Glatz as an independent farmer.
    In 1929 Arndt joined the NSDAP and was elected to the district council of Glatz. In 1931 he became a member of the SS in the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer; From 1 September 1931 to June 1932 he was commissioned to lead the 8th SS standard "Lower Silesia" in Liegnitz. Arndt was a member of the Prussian Parliament from 24 April 1932 to 14 October 1933 as a member of the Nazi Party.
    After the Nazis' seizure of power, Arndt held various functions in the labour service: from February to October 1933, he was Gaugruppenführer of the NSDAP's labour service in Silesia, then until the end of the Second World War Gauarbeitsführer of the Labor's XI Central Silesia in Wroclaw. In 1935, it became part of the Reich Labour Service (RAD). From 20 April 1939 Arndt was General Labour Manager in the RAD. From 11 July 1934 he was a member of the Reichstag, which was meaningless during the Nazi era; Arndt was a follower for Edmund Forschbach, who had been urged to resign in connection with the "Röhm coup".

    Little is known about Arndt's life path after the end of the Second World War. Apparently, he was temporarily in Allied detention after the end of the war. He died in May 1975 in Pretoria, South Africa. It is unknown whether he was only temporarily in South Africa or had emigrated there.

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    Victor Band

    Victor Band (December 4, 1897 in St. Leonhard , Grödig - October 31, 1973 in Vienna) was an Austrian-German engineer and political functionary (NSDAP). He was, among other things, a member of the Reichstag of the NSDAP.

    Youth and Education
    Band was the son of a chief inspector of the Austrian Federal Railways. From 1904 to 1916 he attended the elementary school, the Lower Middle School and the Infantry Cadet School in Vienna-Breitensee. From 1916 he was a member of the First World War as a ensign. First of all, he was deployed to the k.u.k. Infantry Regiment No. 34, and was deployed on the front line in Russia and Italy, and was wounded several times. After the armistice, Band joined the "German-Austrian Volkswehrbataillon XXII", a far-right paramilitary force from which he voluntarily retired as a lieutenant at the end of 1919.
    After studying electrical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology in 1927, Band worked as a graduate engineer in Austria, the USA and the Soviet Union. In the latter he worked in the lenin telephone factory in Gorky. From 1919, Band was a member of the SDAP for ten years. He was also a member of the Social Democratic Federation of Industrial Employees.

    Career in the Nazi Movement
    From 1929, Band turned to the NSDAP. According to his own information, he joined the Nazi Party on 1 September 1932, when this party was still banned in Austria. Nevertheless, in 1933 he received only a very high membership number (6,199,262), which was not changed despite his requests to the Reich leadership of the NSDAP.
    In 1933, Band became a volunteer in the National Socialist Voluntary Labour Service of the SA. From 1933, Band was active as a member of the state leadership in a leading position in the National Socialist "Austrian Labour Service" (ÖAD), before it was dissolved by the Austrian government in 1934. He also became a member of the Storm Department (SA), where he quickly advanced. In April 1934 he became leader of the Vienna SA.
    After the failed coup d'état of the Austrian National Socialists, Band was arrested in July 1934 as leader of the Vienna SA and sentenced by the Vienna Military Court on 25 May 1935 to life imprisonment for treason. Evidence suggests that he drew up plans for the attack on the Austrian Federal Chancellery in the wake of the July coup in which Engelbert Dollfuß was murdered. He served his sentence until the amnesty of February 1938, which was decided in the course of the Berchtesgaden Agreement.
    After the "connection of Austria" to the German Reich in March 1938, Band was released. In the SA he reached his highest rank at that time with the promotion to brigade leader with effect from 12 March 1938. In the Reichstag election of 10 April 1938, Band was also given a mandate for the National Socialist Reichstag, of which he was a member until the end of Nazi rule. In 1940 he was awarded the "Blood Order" of the NSDAP.
    From 1939 to 1945, Band was the work man's leader of the XXXV working group in Vienna. At first he had the rank of chief labour leader in the Reichsarbeitsdienst, later he was promoted to the Chief General Labour Leader. In 1944 he became a councillor of the city of Vienna.

    After the war, Band was interned in the Glasenbach camp near Salzburg. From 27 June 1947 he was temporarily imprisoned in the prison of district court I in Vienna. Band died in Vienna in October 1973.

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    Hans Baumann (politician)

    Hans Baumann (March 23, 1875 in Amberg - August 5, 1951 in Frohnloh) was a German politician. He was chief general labour leader and also a member of the German Reichstag from 1933 to 1945.

    Baumann attended a humanist grammar school after elementary school and joined the Bavarian 5th Chevaulegers Regiment in 1894 as a flag boy. After the war school he was promoted to lieutenant in 1896. In 1909 he became rittmeister and from 1914 to 1916 Eskadronchef. From 1916 to 1918 he was battalion leader in three Bavarian reserve infantry regiments. After the First World War he was a member of the Freikorps Epp until 1920 and joined the DAP on 1 November 1919. On January 1, 1920, he was transferred to the nsdaP and in the same year as a major was retired from active military service. From 1920 he worked on a farm in Frohnloh as a farmer.
    From 1932 to 1933 Baumann was gaubearbeiter for the Voluntary Labour Service (FAD) in the Gau München-Oberbayern. In April 1933 he became district leader of the FAD Bayern-Ost. On 5 October 1933, Baumann became Gauarbeitsführer and was also the labour gauführer of the work house XXX Bayern-Hochland (Munich) until 31 August 1940. Later he was General Labour Leader and as Chief General Labour Leader he retired from the labour service on 31 August 1940. Baumann represented constituency 30 from 1933 to 1936 and constituency 24 in the German Reichstag from 1936 to 1936.

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    Karl Schmückle (politician)

    Karl Schmückle (May 15, 1895 in Stuttgart - April 3, 1970 in Heidenheim an der Brenz) was a German politician.

    Life and Work
    After attending middle school, Karl Schmückle was trained at the non-commissioned officer school from 1910 to 1914. In 1914 he was assigned to the Infantry Regiment 121, Alt-Württemberg, with whom he took part in the First World War from 1914 and fought mainly in France. From 1915, Schmückle was an aircraft pilot in the Combat Squadron 3; later he moved to The Hunting Squadron 2. After the end of the war, he was a member of the Freikorps under Otto Haas, with whom he participated in the suppression of the Munich Council Republic. In 1921 he was retired from the army in the rank of lieutenant. Among the awards he could look back on at that time were the Iron Cross of both classes, the Golden Bravery Medal, the Silver Medal of Merit, the Friedrich August Medal, the Military Merit Medal, the Wounded badges, pilot badges and "Winner in Air Combat" badges. From 1925, Schmückle was a member of the Thuringian Protection Police. He attended the Higher Police School; In 1932 he retired as captain.
    On February 1, 1930, Schmückle joined the Nazi Party (membership number 190.193) in Jena. Schmückle was the founder of the Nazi police forces. From September 1932 he headed a labour camp at the elbow in the Rhön. After the transfer of power to the National Socialists, Schmückle was from April 1933 state commissioner for the voluntary service in Thuringia. From October 1933 to September 1941, he served as leader of the Working Gau XXIII "Thuringia" based in Weimar. From 1934 to September 1941, Schmückle was a member of the NSDAP Gauleitung for Thuringia as Gauamtsleiter. In 1935 he was appointed to the Thuringian Council of State. From December 1935, he held the rank of General Labour Leader in the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD). From March 1936 until the end of Nazi rule in the spring of 1945, Schmückle sat as a member of the National Socialist Reichstag, where he represented constituency 12 (Thuringia).
    After the German attack in the West, Schmückle was a senior RAD leader at Luftgaukommando XII, which was responsible for the west of France, between 1940 and 1942. From December 1942 he was the leader of the work house XXX "Bayern-Hochland" based in Munich. Schmückle was last promoted to Chief Labour Leader on 20 April 1945.

    Karl was quite an interesting GAF and the interaction with him and others in the GAU XXX is a story soon to be told.

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