N044679 HJ PROFICIENCY BADGE IN BRONZE. (Leistungsabzeichen der HJ)

BACKGROUND: The Leistungsabzeichen der HJ, (Proficiency Badge of the HJ), was instituted as the first Hitler Youth award by Reichsjugendführer Baldur von Schirach on May 1ST 1934 as an incentive for HJ members to increase their proficiency in military oriented athletics, academics, field exercises, and shooting. The badge was established in three grades of Silver, Bronze and Iron, with the age of the recipient being the determining factor of which grade the individual was eligible for. Seventeen year olds were eligible for the Silver badge, sixteen year olds for the Bronze badge and fifteen year olds for the Iron badge. Each HJ member was issued a Leistungsbuch, (Qualification book), to record their achievements and verify their right to wear the badge when awarded. Originally the badges were worn on the left breast pocket of the HJ service uniform but later regulations altered wear to the right breast pocket.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die-struck alloy award is in the form of a Tyr-rune with a circle superimposed to it, upon which is embossed, in runic script, "Für Leistungen In Der H.J." (For Proficiency In The H.J.), encompassing a mobile swastika. Marked with an RZM logo with dual circular borders and embossed manufacturers code, "M1/63" indicating manufacture by Steinhauer & Lück Lüdenscheid. The pin-back device is intact.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $110.00

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