BACKGROUND: The development of the NSKK, "National Sozialistisches Kraftfahr Korps" (National Socialist Motor Corps), can be traced back to 1923 when the SA introduced a "Kraftfahr Abteilung" (Motor Section) to transport personnel as required. In 1928 the SA Motor section was expanded to "Kraftfahrstaffeln" (Motor Squadrons). In an attempt to create a national motor corps, the NSAK, "National Sozialistisches Automobil Korps" (National Socialist Automobile Corps), was formed in April of 1930 as an NSDAP auxiliary organization subordinate to the SA. In early 1931 Adolf Hühnlein was appointed as Chief of the NSAK and proposed a name change to NSKK, which was officially accepted in April of 1931. Shortly after the purge of the SA in the "Night of the Long Knives," in June of 1934, the NSKK was promoted to an official NSDAP organization, given independent status within the party, and absorbed the SA Motor Squadron’s personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A stamped alloy badge with a bronze wash, in the form of a vertical oval which is surmounted by an eagle clutching a wreathed, mobile swastika. A banner over the eagle reads "N.S.K.K." Impressed along the outside of the oval is "2000 Kilometer Durch Deutschland" (2000 Kilometer[s] Through Germany) and, within it, eighteen named German cities, from Berlin in the north to Munich in the south, connected by a roughly circular route. To the base of the route, within a circular wreath, is a shield with an eagle to it, around which are what appears to be the letters "A," "V," and "D." A horizontal pin-back device is soldered to its unmarked, hollow-back reverse. Of Note: This was issued in commemoration of a tour of Hitler’s new autobahn.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $79.00

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