N018585 RAD EM/NCO'S M43 FIELD CAP. (Einheitsfeldmütze)

BACKGROUND: The basis of the RAD, "Reichs Arbeitsdienst" (National Labor-service), dates back, at least, to 1929 with the formation of the AAD, "Anhalt Arbeitsdienst" (Anhalt Labor-service), and the FAD-B, "Freiwillingen Arbeitsdienst-Bayern" (Volunteer Labor-service [of]-Bavaria). Shortly after Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor, on January 30th, 1933, the NSDAP consolidated these, and other labor organizations, into the NSAD, "Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst" (National-socialist Labor-service); a national labor service. In June of 1935 the NSAD was re-designated RAD. In July of the same year RAD service became compulsory, with all German citizens between 19 and 25 years of age required to enlist for a six month term. This law also decreed that all military conscripts serve a nine month term.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: An earth brown wool visored field cap, introduced in 1943, with fold-down side panels, in the same material as the crown and body of the cap, which narrow and scallop where they are fastened, by two buttons and their corresponding buttonholes, in the front. Cap has the metal RAD insignia with the reverse prongs broken. Insignia has been hand stitched to the cap, most probably restored. The interior is fully lined in orange gold rayon. Roughly a size 56. Nice period worn example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $300.00

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