N008962 DRK VORHELFER'S SHOULDER STRAP. (Schulterklappen)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. Originally shoulder straps and boards worn during the Weimar era were retained in the early period of the Third Reich with modifications in August 1935 and January 1938.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1938 pattern, sew on shoulder strap in charcoal grey wool with light grey wool piping and a single natural aluminum rank pip. The bottom of the shoulder strap is in a mid-grey wool. The shoulder strap is in overall good condition with consistently even nap wear to the top and a small piece of charcoal grey wool and loose threads to the sew on end where it was removed from a garment. Of Note: The rank of DRK-Vorhelfer, (Advanced Helper), was basically equivalent to the German military rank of Sanitätsobersoldat, (Senior Medical Orderly/Corporal). Also Of Note: This exact shoulder strap is featured in J. R. Angolia’s book, In the Service of the Reich, on the center of page 302.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $38.00

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