L000786 LUFTSCHUTZ FIRE FIGHTER'S HAND WATER PUMP. (Handspritzer)
BACKGROUND: Formed in late 1932 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Ministry of Aviation), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League), and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. The RLB worked in close cooperation with the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), and other civil other air defense organizations such as the SHD, Sicherheits und Hilfs Dienst, (Security and Assistance Service), and the LSW, Luftschutzwarndienst, (Air Raid Warning Service). Both the SHD and the LSW were formed in 1935 under control of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Ministry of Aviation). The SHD worked in the civil air defence network with its primary functions being decontamination, fire fighting, rescue and repair and assisting civilian personnel and securing buildings following an air raid. Of Note: In 1939 the SHD began conscripting personnel and on March 19TH 1942 the organization was renamed Luftschutz-Polizei, (Air Protection Police), and came under control of the Ordnungspolizei, (Order Police). The LSW, was responsible for observation and analysis, of all aircraft especially, enemy bombers in German skies, and the eventual sounding of air raid warning alarms to alert the general public and the assorted civil air defense organizations of air raids. The LSW were also responsible for sounding the "all clear" signal. As a result of their responsibilities all three civil air defense organization were outfitted with assorted fire fighting equipment.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 63cm tall, multi-piece, matte grey painted, tooled alloy, steel and carved wood construction hand activated, positive displacement water pump features a vertical, alloy tube with a horizontal intake port with a screw threaded, screened cap to the bottom edge. A chip has been taken out of the bakelite cap. The vertical intake tube is inserted into the bottom of a piston and cylinder housing with a horizontal, screw threaded discharge port to one side designed for connecting a hose or tube. The top edge of the piston/cylinder housing has an internal, vertical, pressure tube with a horizontal, wooden dowel hand grip fitted to the top. The pump has a horizontal, sheet metal clamp with a screw threaded, wing nut, tightener positioned on the vertical alloy tube just below the piston/cylinder housing that secures an additional vertical alloy tube, presumably to fasten the pump to the water source. The piston/cylinder housing has a deeply stamped designation, "RL2-40/", and most of a yellow decal with black printed script remaining. The script to the decal includes, "Kampf dem Feuer Einheits-Luftschutzhandspritzer Vertrieb genehmigt gemäß § 8 Luftschutzgesetz Höchpreis von RM 12,50", (Air Raid Protection Fire Fighting Hand Pump. Distribute according to approval with the Air Defence Law 8. Highest price 12.50 Reichsmarks). Unique Luftschutz fire fighting item. Hose not included.
GRADE *** 1/4 PRICE $298.00
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