Product Description: This BDM District Sleeve Triangle is a desirable piece, from the Süd Baden district. These district triangles indicated the area where a youth unit was based. The Süd Baden district was the area of South Baden. This triangle is a textbook example, made in “BeVo” machine woven construction. The front is very clean, with the “Süd Baden” wording in gothic script with light grey rayon thread, on a black backing. The edges of the patch have been neatly folded and machine sewn in place with black thread, ready to be affixed to a uniform sleeve. The reverse of this HJ district sleeve triangle shows details of the typical machine woven construction, and retains traces of an RZM paper tag. There are no stitch holes or other sign of having ever been used. Overall, this district triangle is in near mint condition. It’s a nice, representative example of this popular pattern of BDM insignia.
Historical Description: The first Nazi youth organization was created in Germany in 1922. In 1926, this organization took on the name “Hitlerjugend” (Hitler Youth) and by 1930, it had over 25,000 members. From 1933 to 1945, the Hitler Youth was the only official youth organization in Germany. The Hitler Youth was for boys aged 14 to 18, and also included the “Deutsche Jungvolk” for boys aged 10 to 14, and the “Bund deutsche Mädel” for German girls. This was primarily a paramilitary organization. Members learned military skills, such as drill and marching, and were arranged in units with a command structure similar to that of the military. These units were subject to political lectures and other types of indoctrination using Nazi propaganda. By December of 1936, the Hitlerjugend had over 5 million members. During WWII, The Hitler Youth assisted the German postal service and the Reich national railways, among other tasks. By the end of the war, Hitler Youth members were being deployed in combat as anti-aircraft gunners attached as auxiliaries to the Luftwaffe, and as members of the Volkssturm militia units. Hitler Youth personnel had a wide variety of uniforms and headgear, including tan summer uniforms, wool winter uniforms, and specialized clothing for sports competitions or special units. These uniforms were worn with a wide variety of different insignia which designated specific functions and units. Headgear ranged from simple field caps and ski caps, to specialized equipment. Hitler Youth members were also eligible to earn a range of awards. At the end of the war, the Hitlerjugend was disbanded, and later banned by the German criminal code.
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