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N043563 DRK HAUPTHELFER/ZUGFÜHRER'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, dual bright silver/aluminum braids machine stitched to the outside edges, a single natural aluminum rank pip and a strip of bright, silver/aluminum waffle patterned, tress handstitched near the sew on ends of each strap. The dual bright silver/aluminum braids and the rank pips indicate the rank of DRK-Haupthelfer while the additional silver/aluminum tress indicates the individual had successfully achieved the Zugführerprüfung, (Platoon Leaders Certificate). Shoulder straps are in overall good condition with light age toning and some mothing to the piping. Of Note: The rank of DRK-Haupthelfer, (Senior Helper), was basically equivalent to the German military rank of Sanitätsstabfeldwebel, (Staff Medical Sergeant Major).

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $62.00

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