BACKGROUND: The Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (German Labor Front), originally founded in 1933, became an official NSDAP organization in October 1934. Its stated purpose was to educate the workers in industry and commerce for smooth and efficient operation of all labour in the Third Reich. The structure of the DAF was basically the same as the NSDAP with different political levels of organization. Due to the diversification in labor the DAF was divided into sub-sections for specific trades and/or professions and it also controlled the Kdf, Kraft durch Freude, (Strength through Joy), organization which provided recreation for workers. However the DAFís most important goal was to enforce the political stability of the large mass of the work force. One of the sub-sections of the DAF was the DAF-Werkscharen, (DAF-Labor Squads). The Werkscharen were established in February 1935 and were to act as the NSDAPís "watch-dog", in industrial factories. In June 1935 the Werkscharen were granted independent status and uniform regulations were enacted. In November 1935 the first pattern Werkscharen overseas cap was introduced. In April 1937 with a reorganization of the Werkscharen a second pattern overseas cap was introduced and the first pattern cap was discontinued.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, deep navy blue wool construction, leaders overseas cap. The crown and side, back panel top edges are all trimmed with aluminum/silver piping. The front center of the cap has a machine woven national eagle with out-stretched wings in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a black, woven rayon, inverted triangular base positioned above two, small, pebbled, silver washed, magnetic sheet metal, non-functional buttons. The interior of the cap is fully lined in black cotton/rayon. Roughly a size 56. Scarce.

GRADE ****1/4                                                 PRICE $399.00

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