N024778 RAD EM/NCO'S OVERSEAS CAP. (RAD Feldmütze)

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: A pre-1940 (with piping), earth brown wool overseas cap fold-down side panels in the same material as the crown and body of the cap, which scallop at the front. Loosely hand sewn to the front of the cap is a machine woven RAD enlisted cap badge. Insignia may be restored/re-stitched. The interior is fully lined in grey-colored cotton/rayon. Double ventilation grommets to either side. Scallop edge of cap is fully piped in black wool. Roughly a size 56.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $280.00

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