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 labor 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 DAF’s 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 NSDAP’s "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. Originally the colored piping was intended to indicate rank groups but when the DAF submitted the design of the cap to the RZM they misinterpreted the meaning of the colored piping to indicate the political regional level of the wearer as with the NSDAP political leaders caps with the light blue indicating Orts Gruppe level as opposed to the DAF’s intention of rank. In March 1938, with a restructuring of DAF ranks the colored political level piping was abolished and only silver and gold piping was utilized by the appropriate ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Deep navy blue wool construction DAF-Werkscharen personnel’s overseas cap. The cap features side and back panels which slope gently downwards to the front center of the cap. 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, magnetic sheet metal, buttons. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in grey cotton/rayon. Original oilcloth RZM tag is still present. Size marked "55".     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $399.00 (Or Best Offer)

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