N049690 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.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $298.00

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