BACKGROUND: Germany has a long history of producing some of the best master musicians in the world including the renown composers Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Hitler’s personal favorite Richard Wagner. With an instinctive sense of the psychological effectiveness of propaganda Hitler appointed Dr. Paul Josef Goebbels as Reichspropagandaleiter der NSDAP, (National Propaganda Leader of the NSDAP), in 1929. Having study American promotional and advertising techniques Goebbels was the prime candidate for the position and raised propaganda to a very persuasive art form. Goebbels was so successful that on March 13TH 1933 Hitler established the Ministerium für Volkserklärung und Propaganda, (Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda), and assigned Goebbels as the Reichsminister, (National Minister). Goebbels effectiveness proved invaluable to Hitler and he went to great lengths to reinforce the NSDAP and Hitler to the general populace of Germany. In his position as the National Propaganda Minister Goebbels had control of all forms of media within Germany, including all radio and movie broadcasts, art and all printed material including the press and music. Under Goebbels direction all acceptable music had to conform to the NSDAP philosophies. These Music Corps and Drum and Fife Corps units came in assorted sizes and each regiment and independently detached battalion had one. The bands were attached to the units Headquarters Companies and on active mobilization the bands were to be transferred to another unit.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Made of black ebony and is 38cm or 15" long. The cases were either black or brown leather or canvas. Higher end cases came with metal caps and base plates compared to the more economical models with leather flip lids. The case was suspended from the musicians belt to the rear of the bayonet and frog.

Grade ****                             Price $125.00

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