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N045673 FAD MEMBER'S BELT BUCKLE.(Koppelschloß)
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. There are several different variations in FAD buckle attributed the different manufacturers.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Typical pattern FAD buckle. Slightly convex, stamped tombac with feld, one-piece construction FAD buckle. Against its pebbled, obverse field is embossed a circular outline to a smooth, upright spade head, with a sprig of barley extending upwards from either side of its base. To its reverse is brazed an alloy buckle catch, and plated metal prong bar with dual prongs. "Ges. Gesch.," for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" (By-law Protected), near the buckle catch to the reverse. Note, this is a very interesting and rare piece. This brown painted buckle was made by Assmann and more than likely, finished/distributed by another and unknown company as a special order. The Assmann logo has been scratched out after the brown paint was applied and I am sure that this buckle did not leave the Assmann factory “brown". Probably worn by “FAD der Stahlhelm”.
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