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National Labour Service (NSDAP, Germany)

Reichsarbeitsdienst, RAD

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Introduction

Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) was the official labour service of the Third Reich. Its history actually began in 1931 when the voluntary Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst (FAD) was founded. When Hilter came to power it was renamed Nationalsozialist-Arbeitsdienst (NSAD) and in 1934 it was renamed RAD and a six month service was made compulsory.
Marcus Wendel, 1999

Flag of the National Labour Leader / Flagge des Reichsarbeitsführer

[National Labour Leader (NSDAP, Germany)] 1:1 image by Jaume Ollé

A square red flag with a centered black white-black-white bordered swastika. At the center a white wreath surrounding a white disk with black RAD insignia (a vertical spade pointed up set between the angle made by two stylized ears of wheat). In each corner a white party type eagle with a white wreath and black swastika, head pointed towards the center of the flag. The entire flag is bordered white-black-white.

Norman Martin, Feb 1998


RAD Section Flag / RAD Abteilungsfahne

[RAD Battalion Flag (NSDAP, Germany)] 1:1 image by Jaume Ollé
RAD Section / Abteilung "Horst Wessel"

A square red flag with a centered black white-bordered swastika with legs almost reaching the edge of the flag. At the center a white wreath surrounding a white disc with black Reichsarbeitsdienst insignia (a vertical spade pointed up set between the angle made by two stylized ears of wheat). In upper fly the unit name in white. Surrounded by a silver fringe (except at hoist).
Norman Martin, Feb 1998


Male RAD Camp Flag / Lagerfahne des RAD/M

[Male RAD Camp Flag (NSDAP, Germany)] image by Jaume Ollé

Like the swastika flag with the Reichsarbeitsdienst insignia in black replacing the swastika flag.
Norman Martin, Feb 1998


Female Youth RAD Camp Flag / Lagerfahne des RAD der weiblichen Jugend

[Female Youth RAD Camp Flag (NSDAP, Germany)] image by Eugene Ipavec, 8 Aug 2008

Red flag with a white disc centered at 1/3 of width of flag. At the center of the disc a black swastika set between two stylized ears of wheat.
Norman Martin, Feb 1998

The images posted on this address might be of interest.
Marcus Wendel, 6 Aug 2008

Flat image - suitable for giffers - about 2/5 down on this page. No idea about the flag colours, although I can guess 8-)
Part of caption follows: "The RADwJ was the "Weiblichen Jugend" and was the woman's (female youth) section of the RAD - "Reichsarbeitdienst" - National Labor
Service. Girls entered the RAD from the BDM (Bund Deutscher Mädel) and after completing a six-month period of service they were normally released. Their tasks included being workers as auxiliary agricultural labor force, service and hospitals, and schools to help maintain the public utilities and transportation systems. It was a necessary function to the National Socialist system and a great patriotism and morale builder for the young ladies."

Direct link to photo from album on offer, showing girls saluting the flag. I should add that this organization already existed when the Nazis came to power.
Jan Mertens, 6 Aug 2008


Female Youth RAD Camp pennant / Lagerwimpel des RAD der weiblichen Jugend

[Female Youth RAD Camp pennant (NSDAP, Germany)] image by Eugene Ipavec, 8 Aug 2008
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