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Article about: Hi Guys This is one of my new pick-ups and I have a question: The cuff title on the right hand side, marked "W" - Is this still an unknown RAD marking? because a book I have says t

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    A Rad 312/2 Shield and photo.. Any help on GAU will be helpfull.
    It was part of Arbeitsgau XXXI Oberrhein [Upper Rhine].

    RAD-Abteilung 2/312 was based at Süggerath in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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    Could you please tell me where one finds a list of all RAD unit numbers?

    Tom

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    Had not seen this thead before and so some extra information first at the "W"-indication:
    with orders from January 1 and March 15, 1939 cuffbands with letters were introduced.
    The "W" means West and was meant for the Arbeitsgau XXXI West, which were the staffs
    for Aachen, Köln and Trier.
    With an order from May 7, 1941 all cuffbands with letters were abolished.
    Often XXXI is mentioned as Oberrhein, but this name was not mentioned in the RAD
    Verordnungsblatt.

    Arbeitsgau VIII was first named Ostmark and later (1941) as Brandenburg-Ost. It included the
    numbers 80 through 88. 1/84 is known as "Markgraf Gero" at Züllichau.
    Arbeitsgau XXXI was first known as Emsland and continued as "W" (1938). It included the
    numbers 310 through 319. Unit 2/312 was known as "Feldmarschall Keith" at Süggerath I.
    The reverse of the photo with post 10 mentions K2/312. The letter K means "Kriegsbesetzung".
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    The photograph in post 1 has the cuff title attached on the "Left Sleeve" The picture in post 10 has the cuff title fastened to the "Right" sleeve is there any reason for this ?? Thanks G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    Arbeitsgau XXXI was known as "Eemsland", but was changed into Arbeitsgau "West"
    in spring 1938 with its headquarters at Colonia. The "W" simply means West, not
    Wehrmacht or whatever. See what is said in post 13.

    2/312 was known as "Feldmarschall Keith". This name was granted in February 1941.
    At the back from the 1940 photograph it says K2/312. This "K" often is wrongly
    explained in books as "Kirenes" (Norway) or "Karelien" (Finnland. The letter "K"
    however simply means Kriegsbesetzung (wartime duty).

    Right sleeve officially was not correct. All cuffbands were abolished in May 1941.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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