Product Description: Keyword – A nicely made RLB Bullion Desk Pennant in excellent condition. This RLB Bullion Desk Pennant is double sided on a red cotton twill base. The outer rays of the RLB motto starburst are executed in a delicate chain stitch pattern, with a fine silver wire inset. The black swastika is coarsely woven giving it depth, and is outlined with a white chain stitched border. A small amount of fraying can be seen on the top and bottom of the starburst. This type of pennant likely hung from a desk decoration or similar.
Historical Description: German political and civil authorities began preparing for Allied air raids even before WWII started. The Reichs-Luftschutz-Bund (RLB), under the auspices of the German Luftwaffe, was the primary organization responsible for air raid protection and readiness. Shelters were constructed all over the German Reich, and civilians were issued gas masks. Members of the RLB wore many different kinds of uniforms and equipment, from fine regalia used in parades to work coveralls and protective equipment and gear for firefighting. After the outbreak of the war, the role of the Luftschutz was expanded, and other organizations were brought under the Luftschutz umbrella, including the Luftschutz-Warndienst, Luftschutzpolizei, and the Sicherheits- und Hilfsdienst. The men and women of the Luftschutz were tasked with extinguishing fires caused by incendiary bombs, often with nothing more than buckets of sand or water with hand pups. They maintained order in air raid bunkers and provided first aid to those injured in the bombings. In the day and night raids on the bombed-out cities, and even during the horrific firestorms that took the lives of thousands, the Luftschutz were on duty.
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