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N024573 RAD EM/NCOíS GREATCOAT. (Mantel)

BACKGROUND: The basis of the RAD, Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labor Service) dates back, at least, to 1929 with the formation of the AAD (Anhalt Arbeitsdienst) and the FAD-B (Freiwillingen Arbeitsdienst-Bayern), Shortly after Hitlerís appointment as Chancellor, on January 30TH 1933, the NSDAP consolidated these, and other labor organizations into the NSAD (Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst) a national labor service. On June 26TH 1935 the NSAD was re-designated RAD. Originally FAD/NSAD personnel wore a wide variety of uniform items with a dark brown tunic being the most predominate garment. After Hitler ascension to power an attempt to standardized the FAD/NSAD uniforms was undertaken and an earth brown tunic was introduced. With the establishment of the RAD in 1935 new uniform regulations were introduced which would be altered in 1938 and again in 1939.PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 1939 patter full-length, double breasted greatcoat, in earth-brown wool, with its collar and lapels faced in dark brown. Five of the original twelve front buttons remain, with the five having replaced stitching. Diagonal slash pockets, with unbuttoned pocket flaps, are to each hip. Buttons to the tail skirt are also missing. A half-belt extends horizontally from either side of the reverse waistline, where its buttonholed ends are secured with buttons identical to those on the front panel. The interior breast, upper back, and sleeves are lined in tan cotton. A horizontal slash pocket is to the left interior breast, and cotton loops are above the entrance to each sleeve. There are some moth holes, and the coat shows lots of period use and nap wear. Roughly a size 38 chest. Nice RAD unit markings. Just needs some buttons, would make a nice RAD uniform display.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $468.00

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