ORG. TODT Cuff Title

Condition: Excellent


SKU: JW6153 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Org. Todt cuff title is a one-look original piece, with great field worn character. This is made of cotton and is the standard Bevo woven form, with black lettering on an off-white background. It is full length, with unsewn short ends. Traces of machine stitching and some remains of thread along the long edges show where this was once affixed to a uniform. The edges have some slight fraying from where it was removed. Near one end, the word “Volkstrum” is written in pen, perhaps a mistaken (and misspelled) identifaction by the veteran who took this home. The reverse shows textbook details of the machine weaving. This Org. Todt cuff title displays great and is an appealing example of its type. The condition rates as excellent.

Historical Description: The OT or Organization Todt, was formed in July 1933 under the command of Dr. Fritz Todt, an NSDAP member since 1923 and a construction engineer, who had just recently been appointed as General Inspector of Roads. In June 1938 the OT was charged with construction of the fortifications on the West Wall and in March 1940 Dr. Todt was also appointed as Minister of Munitions & Armament. In August 1941 Dr. Todt was also named the Minister for Water and Energy. Beginning in early 1942 the OT was also responsible for constructing the submarine pens on the northern coast of France. While the OT was a quasi-political organization when it was engaged in construction projects for the armed forces it nominally came under military control. The OT personnel consisted mostly of trained civil engineers and laborers. Uniforms for OT personnel were introduced shortly after the outbreak of the war and were basically the same uniform as worn by RAD Reichs Arbeits Dienst, (National Labor Service), personnel with small modifications.



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