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NSDAP POLITICAL LEADERS

 

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10. NSDAP Political Leader: Reichsleiter Dr Robert Ley, 1943.
Ley is wearing the double-breasted walking-out uniform consisting of a brown jacket, black trousers trimmed with a 25mm. wide band of black silk, white shirt and light brown tie. Medals, decorations, awards and ribbons were permitted on this jacket. Dr Ley is shown here wearing a medal ribbon bar on the left upper breast, below which he is wearing his Golden Party Badge in line with the Hitler Youth Golden Badge of Honour. Below these are his First World War Wound Badge together with his Imperial Observers badge and below this again he wears the Nazi War Merit Cross in silver without swords , ,. The ribbon worn in the button hole is that of the 'Blood Order' or the 'Decoration of 9th November 1923'.

11. NSDAP Political Leader: Gauleiter, 1944.
The Gauleiter shown here is wearing the political Leaders full ceremonial uniform complete with gold coloured Aiguillettes, waist belt and cross strap. Suspended on the belt is the light Havana-brown leather holster containing a 'Honour Pistol'. The Political Leaders ceremonial uniform was to have been worn on all ceremonial and official occasions involving the Party, its organisations and associated groups, the Armed Forces and the State etc., or for any function when Political Leaders appeared as guests of honour.

12. NSDAP Political Leader: Einsatzleiter in Gauleitung, 1942.
This uniform known as Office Dress consisted of a white linen jacket worn together with dark brown trousers. No medals were allowed to be worn with this jacket although the Party membership badge or the Golden Party Badge of Honour were permitted. Rank was shown by the use of collar patches and insignia of function level was displayed on the armband. The coloured piping to the collar patches and the armband indicated the State group of the wearer, which in this case was red signifiying Gauleitung level. As with other buttons used on Political Leaders uniforms of this period the buttons as worn were in gilt coloured metal showing a small representation of the (German National Emblem. This style of uniform was not permitted to be worn in the street unless it was worn under the greatcoat or cloak. A pistol was not to be worn with this office dress.

13. NSDAP Political Leader: Adjutant auf dem Ordensburgen der NSDAP, 1943, Service Uniform.
Members of the staffs at all three of the Ordensburgen (Leadership Schools), Krossinsee, Sonthofen and Vogrlsang wore the same style of uniform. It was very similar to the standard Political Leaders uniform but was distinguished by the use of shoulder straps worn in pairs and a brown and yellow cuff-title worn on the left cuff. This last item displayed the name of the Leadership School of which the wearer was a member of the staff. The swastika armband bore no insignia of office but was piped in coloured piping of the level of the leadership to which the wearer already belonged. Collar patches were worn by staff members but were not worn by Political Candidates; however No. 13 shows an Adjutant on the staff of the Vogelsang Ordensburg not wearing collar patches.

14. NSDAP Political Leader: Ortsgruppen Bereitschaftsleiter Spielmannszugführer, 1943, Ceremonial Dress.
Musicians in the Political Leadership Corps followed the same practice employed by other musicians of most other uniformed organisations in that they wore Musicians Wings or 'Swalbennester'-Swallows Nests on their uniforms (see also Nos. 18, 38, 65, 67, 70, 81, 153 & 165). Three grades of Musicians existed at three levels within the Party system. All the Swallows Nests were braided in flat gold braid decorated with a fine patterning of gold swastikas. For Musicians of all grades at Regional or Gau level the backing colour to the gold braiding was in bright red, at District or Kreis level it was in dark brown cloth and at Local or Ortsgruppen level it was in light brown material. Swalbennester used by Drum Malors Spielmannszugführer - at any of the three above mentioned levels had a 5 cm. deep gold fringe to the lower edge of the nests (No. 14), Bandsmen or Musiker had a 3 cm. deep gold fringe and Musicians or Spielmänner had plain Swallows Nests worn without a fringe.

15. NSDAP Political Leader: Hauptbereichsleiter in Gauleitung, 1944, Greatcoat.
When worn open at the neck the Political Leaders greatcoat revealed lapels of a light coffee colour. Compare this method with that shown in Figure 6. The use of the 'Afrika' with Palms cuff-title by a member of the Political Leadership Corps was unusual but not unknown. Normally associated with being awarded to members of the German Army or Air Force this cuff-title was classed as a campaign award. It was introduced on 15 January 1943 to replace the earlier 'Afrikakorps' cuff-title, which was only intended to be worn by members of the Afrikakorps actually fighting in North Africa. Conditions of eligibility for the award of the 'Afrika' cuff-title were. 1) At least six months service in an operational theatre in North Africa, less if wounded, or 2) Being invalidated out of the Armed Forces as a result of contracting a tropical disease after having served at least three months in an operational theatre in North Africa or 3) It was awarded to anyone, irrespective of length of service in North Africa, who had won a German decoration whilst serving in North Africa. Another known instance of an Army cuff-title worn on an unusual uniform was that of the 'Grossdeutschland' cuff-title (silver on black version) worn by former Reichs~ugendführer Baldur voI1 Schirach on his Political Leaders uniform when he held the office of Gauleiter of Vienna.

 

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