BACKGROUND: Formed in late 1932 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband, (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB maintained offices in most towns and cities within Germany to administer its personnel and store basic rescue, first-aid and fire fighting equipment.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 42cm tall, 30mm wide, vertically rectangular, stamped magnetic sheet metal sign. The sign features a silver painted background with a central, embossed, second pattern RLB emblem, (circa 1938), consisting of a black painted, canted swastika superimposed on star burst pattern with black detailing. The sign also has embossed, black painted script with, "Reichsluftschutzbund, positioned above the RLB emblem and, "Dienststelle", (Office), positioned below the RLB emblem. The sign also has an embossed, black painted outer edge border stripe. Unit marking "Untergruppe Eichtersheim". Shows the expected age and use.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $575.00

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