Picked this up recently, and thanks to Ade's link I now know it's a RADwJ 3rd pattern
03-19-2014 02:35 AM
Nice one Jeff, any idea on maker?
I take it this one below is the 1st type, or is it
a lower grade.........?
This badge was worn by young women serving in the RADwJ's Kriegshilfsdienst (KHD), a half-year extension of labor service duty proper that was spent working in some capacity that directly or indirectly contributed to the war effort. (For example with public health/welfare services, the armaments industry, public transportation and communicatIon, clerical work for the armed forces etc.)
The badge was typically worn on civilian clothing or - if applicable - the specific duty clothing/uniform that went with that occupation, for example, in case of the railways or postal service.
I wasn't sure - Thanks for the clarification.........!
Hi Tom, I'm still learning but I think '40' is Berg & Nolte...
by StuG III
I think the "40" would be more likely to indicate year of manufacture than maker, but I could be mistaken. Reason I ask is because I have one with identical markings.
This is not my area of expertise, but I would tend to agree that "40" is the year of manufacture and "U" the maker's mark.
by StuG III
I believe according to Litlejohn and Angolia in the book "Labor organizations of the Third Reich" "U" de-notes Arbeietsmaid Sonderfurerin or "U" for Unter or lower.. I am still trying to piece this together though and could be absolutely wrong...G
I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "
Pure nonsense. Never the sort of rank was included at the reverse. Not
according to regulation anyway, but I doubt the both gentlemen ever
had seen the original publication/regulation from the RAD.
The number included is always the year of manufacturing; the U is the manufacturer,
which I do not know right now. Yes, I remember again, as a short while ago it was also
asked with another RAD badge: the concern Heinrich Ulbricht's Witwe
from Kaufing near Schwanenstadt (this is Austria). Also the official sign is included.
"U" was one of the official manufacturers!
"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