N004387 RAD OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: The basis of the RAD, Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labor Service), dates back, at least, to 1929 with the formation of the AAD (Anhalt Arbeitsdienst) and the FAD-B (Freiwillingen Arbeitsdienst-Bayern), Shortly after Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor, (January 1933) the NSDAP consolidated these, and other labor organizations into the NSAD (Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst), a national labor service. On June 26TH 1935 the NSAD was re-designated RAD. Originally personnel serving with RAD wore a variety of earlier FAD/NSAD belt buckles until February 15TH 1936 when new pattern belt buckles for Officer’s and EM/NCO’s were introduced to provided uniformity in dress.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Stamped, two piece, aluminum, 48mm diameter, circular belt buckle features five, highly embossed sheaf's of wheat encompassing an embossed inverted spade head with high relief canted swastika on a subtlety textured, domed central field. Reverse of buckle has crimped outer edges and a separate circular plate insert with crimped catch and retaining hook. Circular plate is secured to the buckle by crimped edges to the reverse of the domed centerpiece. OLC production example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $238.00

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