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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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    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 that it probably means Wehrmacht!?

    Regards
    Dan
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    Hi Dan, this title was introduced in 1939 for RAD units working on the construction of the Westwall (Siegfried Line) defences. It came in both an Officers and Other ranks version. The letter denoted the region. There were others such as "S", "R" and "T". Withdrawn from use in April 1941.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Well there you go! Thanks Ade!
    Dan

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    I'm just trying to work out what number is on the shield insignia from the other photos I have, hopefully I can get details of their battalion from that!
    Dan

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    BTW I think the "W" stands for "Westfalen". As "S" is Saar, "R" is Rhine, "T" is Trier etc.

    Now this would fit, I think, with the number on the shield if I think I read it right.

    XX Westfalen-Süd 200-209
    RAD-Gruppe 200 Münster 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Abteilung 1/200 (General v. Einem) Gievenbeck 1935; Münster 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Gruppe 201 Coesfeld 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Abteilung 4/201 Coesfeld 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Gruppe 203 Detmold 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Gruppe 204 Bad Driburg 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Abteilung 1/204 Essen-Kray
    RAD-Abteilung 2/204 Kierspe 1939
    RAD-Abteilung 3/204 Gemünd Malsbenden (W 43a) Ostfm. Müller (Stand: 08.07.1938) "Robert Kolb" (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 4/204 Bad Driburg 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Abteilung 5/204 "Rudolf Pontow" Ringelstein
    RAD-Abteilung 7/204 Kirchhundem 1939
    RAD-Gruppe 205 Dortmund 01.10.1935, 1936; Iserlohn 1938, 1939, 12.11.1943
    RAD-Abteilung 2/205 Dortmund 01.10.1935, 1936
    RAD-Abteilung 37205 Lendringsen 1939
    RAD-Abteilung 6/205 Fröndenberg 1939
    RAD-Abteilung 8/205 Ergste (Quelle RK-Träger Ertel, Karl-Heinz) 1925
    RAD-Gruppe 206 Hagen 01.10.1935 - 1939, 12.11.1943
    RAD-Abteilung 3/206 Silschede b. Hagen (Bärenfänger)
    RAD-Abteilung 5/206 Vettweiß (Stand: 25.08.1940) (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 7/206 Bredenscheid 1939
    RAD-Abteilung 8/206 Hagen/Westfalen 01.10.1935, 1936, 1938, 1939
    RAD-Abteilung 9/206 Bevertberg I (W 54) Ostfm. Schulz (Stand: 08.07.1938), Wassenberg (Stand: 25.08.1940) "Walter v. Plettenberg" (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 5/207 Bevertberg II (W 55) Ostfm. Stolle (Stand: 08.07.1938) "Admiral Spee" (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 7/207 Lippstadt 1939
    RAD-Abteilung 11/207 Arnsberg 1939
    RAD-Gruppe 208 Bestwig 01.10.1935 - 1939, 12.11.1943
    RAD-Abteilung 1/208 "Odin" Bestwig 01.10.1935 - 1939, 12.11.1943, Velmede
    RAD-Abteilung 1/208 "Johann Lohs" Eslohe (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 3/208 "Haberland" Felbecke (Quelle RK-Träger Banach, Friedrich)
    RAD-Abteilung 4/208 "Irmisul" Brilon-Stadt 1939, Hallenberg
    RAD-Abteilung 5/208 "Segimer" Brilon (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 7/208 "Odoaker" Winterberg (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 8/208 "Armin der Befreier" Winkhausen (FDW)
    RAD-Abteilung 6/209 Siegen (Quelle)
    RAD-Abteilung 7/209 Seelbach (Quelle)

    Hope this helps?

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Yes Ade, 206 as confirmed in the other photos to!
    Brilliant, thanks.
    Dan

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    Adrian, What region was 1/84 in?

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    Hi, that number would come under Brandenburg-Ost area.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thank you very much. I have a friend who just showed me a RAR album he bought and the man in the pictures was with 1/80. He will be very happy to know this.

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    A Rad 312/2 Shield and photo.. Any help on GAU will be helpfull.
    Also Adrian S. (Moderator) posted a rather interesting thread for Br Nr belts that I cannot seem to locate here. Again thanks..G
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