WWII GERMAN RAD LONG SERVICE LABOR MEDAL -
The Reichsarbeitsdienst (or RAD, Reich Labour Service) was an institution established by Nazi Germany as an agency to reduce unemployment, similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps of the United States. During the Second World War it was an auxiliary formation which provided support for the Wehrmacht.
The RAD was formed during July 1934 as the official state labour service. The RAD was an amalgamation of the many labour organisations formed in Germany during the times of the Weimar Republic. RAD members were to provide service for various civic, military and agricultural construction projects. Konstantin Hierl was its director during the organization's entire lifetime.
This is a WWII Long Service award of the National Labor Service ( RAD) silver medal.
The award consisted of an oakleaf garland, framed oval medal, bearing the RAD
symbol which was a spade with a swastika and two corn ears. The back of
the medal bore the inscription "For faithful service in the Reich Labor
The medal was awarded in four different grades:
| 4th Grade
||Bronze, for 4 years of service
| 3rd Grade
||Silver, for 12 years of service
| 2nd Grade
||Silver with interleaved national insignia on the ribbon in silver, for 18 years of service
| 1st Grade
||Gold with interleaved national insignia on ribbon in gold
Upon receipt of a higher grade, the lower grade was removed.
The sample feratured in this page is silver and does not have any manufacturing marks.
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Collecting Third Reich RAD items
Collecting Third Reich memorabilia is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Europe
bringing back military souvenirs. German soldiers wore many of their awards on their uniforms when they went to
battle. Once the soldier was killed or captured, the American soldiers would take the awards as war trophies.
Eventually all these pieces came back to the United States where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.
In trying to determine if you should collect WWII German RAD items there are certain factors that should be
The adjacent table outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of collecting the RAD items.
This award is currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.
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Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.