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: Set consists of a pair of collar tans and shoulder boards. Standard issue DRK collar tabs, introduced along with the new uniform in 1935 and worn on both sides of the collar. They take the form of light grey wool, vertical parallelograms, piped in twisted silver-aluminum cord, with each featuring an alloy Red cross pinned to their centers, both of which are edged in silver and faced with red enamel. To the reverse, the dual prongs from the Red crosses may be seen passing through and crimped over tan, muslin backings. Nice matched pair. Removed from a uniform. Slightly mismatched, 1935 pattern, sew on shoulder boards in bright, interwoven, silver/aluminum Russian braiding on a light grey wool bases. The shoulder boards are in overall good condition with light age toning. Boards measure roughly 25mm wide x 14cm in length. (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

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