Golden Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge

Condition: Excellent

Maker: RZM M1/101

Base Material: Tombak

SKU: JW6429 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a beautiful example of a scarce Golden Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge. This very attractive, top quality piece is made of a brass alloy (Tombak). The surface retains about 80 percent of the original gold gilding, with slight, even wear that exposes the base metal at the high points of the design. The honest wear to this badge gives it a very appealing character, and there is some pleasant, uncleaned age toning. The reverse of this badge also shows mellow toning, and is stamped with a large “B” indicating it was intended as a replacement for a lost award. It’s marked with the round RZM emblem and the maker code “M1/101” indicating manufacture by the firm of Gustav Brehmer of Markneukirchen. The hardware setup shows no repairs, and is functional, with a block hinge and tapered attachment pin. This Golden Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge is complete and sound, with a great look. The condition rates as excellent.



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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