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L003478 AUXILIARY AIRCRAFT REPORTING SERVICE PERSONNEL'S CIVILIAN LAPEL BADGE.(Flugmeldabzeich)
BACKGROUND: Although the Luftwaffe had utilized civilian female employees in secretarial and clerical positions it was contrary to the NSDAP’s views on women to draft them into active military service roles. As the war progressed and additional manpower was needed at the front more and more women were recruited into service, albeit still retaining their civilian status. Besides the secretarial and clerical positions female civilians were also employed as Flugmeldedienstpersonel (Aircraft Reporting Service), personnel that were tasked with operating assorted aircraft visual and sound detection equipment, and radar stations to warn of incoming enemy aircraft. On February 26TH 1941the Luftwaffe constituted the Luftnachrichten Helferinnenschaft, (Corps of Women Signals Auxiliaries), which incorporated the Flugmeldedienstpersonel and were tasked with aircraft warning and communication services. The Flugmeldedienst and Luftnachrichten Helferinnenschaft personnel were outfitted with uniforms in 1940 but prior to that they were issued with an identifying lapel badge that was introduced in 1934 for wear on civilian clothing. The first pattern badge was replaced by a second pattern on June 2ND 1936. The second pattern badge was authorized for wear for the duration of the war when the personnel were in civilian clothing and only if it had been bestowed prior to 1938. On issue the badge was accompanied by an official permission for wear document. Of Note: By June 1944 with ever increasing manpower shortages females between eighteen and forty began to be drafted into military service roles.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Second pattern, (1936), die struck alloy lapel badge with multi-colored enamel work. The roughly 28mm diameter badge features the black enamel profile of a Ju-52, aircraft in flight on a sky blue enamel background field superimposed over twelve, fine, silver rays emanating from the center to the outside edges. The bottom edge of the badge has a horizontal red enamel bar with a central white enamel disc with a canted black enamel swastika. Maker marked "J. Priessler" and serial # "47545".
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