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L010476 LUFTSCHUTZ OVERSEAS CAP.

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 Ministry of Aviation), 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 remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Lightweight, blue/green, cloth constrution. Cap has a machine woven Luftschutz emblem, consisting of stylized, spread wings with a central oak-leaf sprig and a canted swastika positioned below a scripted banner, "Luftschutz" all in white threads on a woven mid-blue rayon base. Insignia is hand stitched to the cap. Full liner. Size marked 53.

GRADE ****1/4                                                 PRICE $399.00

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