N020276 FAD OVERSEAS CAP. (Feldmütze)

BACKGROUND: The FAD, "Freiwillingen Arbeitsdienst" (Volunteer Labor-service), was formed in 1929 by the veterans’ association "Der Stahlhelm." It was to later become, along with the NSDAP-created AAD, "Anhalt Arbeitsdienst" (Anhalt Labor-service), the basis of the NSAD, "Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst" (National-socialist Labor-service), formed in 1933. The NSAD was re-designated the RAD, "Reichs Arbeitsdienst" (National Labor-service), in June of 1935. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Earth brown wool/felt construction overseas cap. Single, nickle/silver, FAD button to the front flanked by alternating black and yellow soutache. Interior of the cap is unlined. A single letter "D" has been handstitched in, no doubt the first letter on the original owners last name. Roughly a size 52 . Note. This exact cap is photographed on page 175 « Headgear of Hitler's Germany » volume 5.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $235.00

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