German DRK Red Cross Senior Helper’s Badge


Roughly, 36mm diameter, one piece, silver washed die struck Tombac brooch with a black, white and red enamel work. The brooch features a circular outer border with an embossed, intertwined, repeating, stylized swastika pattern encompassing an inner black enamel border with silver washed Gothic script, “Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Schwesternhelferin”, (German Red Cross Nurse’s Helper), encompassing a white circular inner field with a central red Greek style cross. Nicely marked “Ges. Gesch.”, indicating, Gesetzlich Geschützt, (Protected by Law). Complete with original pin-back device, the pin is somewhat bent.

The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. Female DRK personnel were issued an active service brooch to be worn as a duty badge at the nape of the neck of the service uniform. The active service brooches came in both circular and oval versions and assorted minor variations depending on the rank/position level of the recipient.

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SKU 1114449-RDK10 Category
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