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    Politische Gruppen: Deutsches Arbeitsfront - German Labor Front

The Insignia of the German Labor Front

German Labor Front

In order to control trade unions and hence the stability of the economic workforce, the National Socialist Party created the German Labor Front (Deutsches Arbeitsfront-DAF) in 1933.  The purpose of the German Labor Front was to ensure the political stability of the German labor unions by converting them into a centrally controlled organization lead by National Socialists.  The German Labor Front adopted a paramilitary structure similar to that of the National Socialist German Workers Party.  While membership was voluntary, essentially every German worker was required to be a member.  This was particularly true of those workers associated with prime industries such as transportation, utilities, textile trades, armament manufacturing, legal services, agriculture, and the like.  The organization was divided into two parts including the National Socialist Factory Organization (Nationalsozialistische Betriebsorganization-NSBO) and the National Socialist Trade and Industry Organization (Nationalsozialistische Handels und Gewerbeorganization-NSHAGO).

Members of the German Labor Front were required to own and wear uniforms that denoted their status within the structure of the organization.  Following the outbreak of war, members were often required to serve as factory guards or to volunteer for membership in associations like the National Air Protection League (Reichsluftschutzbund) and other Air Protection (Luftschutz) groups.  In this capacity, it was their job to help protect industrial facilities as well as to coordinate with outside organizations that helped to ensure the safe operation of factory facilities.  Many members of the German Labor Front also served as official members of the Factory Police (Werksschutzpolizei-WSP). By 1942, the German Labor Front also organized independent and locally trained members who volunteered to operate anti-aircraft flak batteries to protect individual factories from Allied bombs.  While a noble gesture, the effectiveness of these ad-hoc units is unknown.

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Sturmabteilungen (SA)

Werkschutzpolizei (WSP)

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