German FAD insignia 1933

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German FAD insignia 1933

Post  wfrad on Thu 17 Jul 2008, 5:51 am

This may be of interest to someone:
The Deutscher Reichsarbeitsdienst [German State Labour Service] or RAD stated off as the Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst [Voluntary Labour Service] or FAD in 1931.
It was for giving the unemployed work and run under the State Institution for Employment and Unemployment Insurance.
After the NSDAP gained power in 1933 the FAD was renamed NS Arbeitsdienst NSAD or Nazi Labour Service. This was an independent organization under the rule of the Nazi Party.
In 1934 Hitler appointed Konstantin Hierl State Commissioner for the Labour Service. Also the labour Service was transferred to the German Home Office and called the Reichs Arbeitsdienst. This was its final change of name.
Ranks
German English British Army
Arbeitsmann Labourer Private
Vormann Foreman Lance Corporal
Obervormann Foreman Lance Corporal
Hauptvormann Chief Foreman Corporal
Truppführer Squad leader Sergeant
Obertruppführer Senior Squad leader Staff Sergeant
Unterfeldmeister Sub Field Officer Senior Officer Cadet
Feldmeister Field Master 2nd Lieutenant
Oberfeldmeister Senior Field Master 1st Lieutenant
Oberstfeldmeister Colonel Field Master Captain
Arbeitsführer Work Leader Major
Oberarbeisführer Senior Work Leader Lieutenant Colonel
Oberstarbeitsführer Colonel Work Leader Colonel
Generalarbeitsführer General Work Leader Brigadier
Reichsarbeitsführer State Work Leader

The ranks don’t really equate to army ranks, the chart details are from Uniforms and Badges of the Third Reich Vol III by Rudolf Kahl.

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Re: German FAD insignia 1933

Post  wfrad on Wed 23 Jul 2008, 10:18 am

Here's stage two of the RAD rank structure leading up to the beginning of WWII.
These ranks lead up to the final stage, which was a more in line with the military style.
Backing colours were: Green- Admin, Judicial - Light Blue, Medical - Dark Blue, Musicians - Red, War Correspondents - Lemom Yellow.

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German RAD 1943 to end of WWII

Post  wfrad on Thu 24 Jul 2008, 7:52 am

Here's the ranks for the later part of the second world war.
I left off the:
Musikzugführer - plated red and aluminium cord on black.
Obermusikzugführer - as Musikzugführer with gilt star,
Oberstmusikzugführer - two gilt stars.


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