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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Spaten und Ähre

The Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst; RAD) was a major organisation established in Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on the German economy, militarise the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labour service, divided into separate sections for men and women. From June 1935 onward, men aged between 18 and 25 may have served six months before their military service. During World War II, compulsory service also included young women and the RAD developed to an auxiliary formation which provided support for the Wehrmacht armed forces. The Reichsarbeitsdienst was disbanded with the collapse of the Third Reich on May 8th, 1945. Elastolin has produced the Arbeitsdienst series of 7cm composition soldiers in 30s. This is one of my favorite Elastolin sets.

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