K001187 FEMALE AUXILIARIES SERVICE BROOCH. (Dienstbrosche für Marinehelferinnen)

BACKGROUND: Although the Kriegsmarine had utilized civilian female employees on an individual contract basis in assorted secretarial and clerical positions prior to WWII, it was contrary to the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), views on women to draft them into active military service roles and the female employees retained the legal status as civilians. As the war progressed and additional manpower was needed at the front more and more women were recruited into service as early as 1940, albeit still retaining their civilian status. Besides the secretarial and clerical positions female civilians were also employed as Flugmeldedienstpersonel (Aircraft Reporting Service), personnel that were tasked with operating assorted aircraft visual and sound detection equipment, and radar stations to warn of incoming enemy aircraft. In December 1941 the War Service Laws dictated that females between 18 and 40 years of age could be drafted into military service as non-combatants with the Wehrmachtgefolge, (Armed Forces Retinue). Additional assorted female auxiliary services were instituted up to July 7TH 1942, when the Marinehelferinnen, (Female Navy Auxiliaries) were established. Uniform regulations for these personnel was published in late 1942 and early 1943 and the Service and Leader’s brooches were introduced for wear by qualified personnel in July 1943. The Service and Leader’s brooches were almost identical with the Leader’s brooch being slightly more ornate. Of Note: On November 29TH 1944 all female auxiliary personnel were grouped together under the control of the newly established, "Wehrmachthelferinnenkorps", (Corps of Female Armed Forces Auxiliaries).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 30mm diameter, die struck alloy construction, Female Auxiliaries Service brooch features a gilt washed, embossed, vertical, fouled anchor to the center on a slightly pebbled, navy blue washed field. The central field is encompassed by a smooth, gilt washed, embossed outer edge trim. The reverse of the brooch has a brazed on horizontal pin and catch assembly intact. The brooch has no visible manufacturer’s markings.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $179.00 (Or Best Offer)

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