BACKGROUND: The NSDAP, "Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei" (National-socialist German Worker’s-party), was originally founded, in Munich, in January of 1919. Known then as the DAP, "Deutsche Arbeiterpartei" (German Worker’s-party), when Adolf Hitler joined it, in the autumn of 1919, he set about reforming what was basically a debating society into an active political party. Appointed as its first chairman in July of 1921, Hitler restructured the party along para-military lines in four ascending levels of government, consisting of the "Ortsgruppe," the "Kreisleitung," the "Gauleitung," and the "Reichsleitung," with each group being distinguished by a specific color of piping on their collar tabs and visor cap. Uniform regulations for Nazi political leaders were addressed as early as 1920, underwent numerous modifications, and were largely finalized by May of 1939.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Ortsgruppe level collar tabs, as indicated by its post-1938 blue piping and light brown velvet base. Fourth, and final, pattern collar tabs have a national eagle pinned to its top, whose out-stretched wings have a span of 40mm, and which clutches a wreathed, static swastika in its talons. Beneath the eagle are four gilt washed alloy "pips," each of which have small eagles surmounting static swastikas embossed to them. The combination of the four pips and the double, horizontal golden bars to the bottom of the tab, indicate "Haupt-Gemeinschaftsleiter" (Head-Community-leader) rank.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $238.00

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