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N049276 RAD OFFICER'S OVERSEAS CAP. (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: Earth brown cloth overseas cap, with a simulated expansion fold along its crown, and fold-down side panels, in the same material as the crown and body of the cap, which narrow slightly in the front. Flap is piped in silver aluminum piping. To the front of the cap is its original BeVo pattern, machine woven, RAD insignia with original stitching. Cap is fully lined in tan/olive cotton. Complete sweatband. Roughly a size 56. Nice cap.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                                                 PRICE $495.00

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