BACKGROUND: The basis of the RAD, Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labour 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, (January 1933) the NSDAP consolidated these, and other labour organizations into the NSAD (Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst), a national labour service. On June 26TH 1935 the NSAD was re-designated RAD. Originally personnel serving with RAD wore a variety of earlier FAD/NSAD belt buckles until February 15TH 1936 when new pattern belt buckles for Officerís and EM/NCOís were introduced to provided uniformity in dress.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A roughly 44mm wide silver/aluminum brocade belt with three 5mm wide, parallel, horizontal light brown stripes. Belt has two vertical keepers, one on either end, in the same brocade pattern as the belt. One end of belt would have been folded over and stitched to retain the open rectangular aluminum buckle catch and buckle. Reverse of belt has a protective brown wool backing. Grey leather buckle retaining tongue with ten pair of parallel buckling holes is fully intact.    (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE *** 3/4                                                         PRICE $499.00 (Or Best Offer)

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