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    Wehrmachtsgefolge: Hitler Jungend (Hitler Youth)

Hitler Jungend-HJ

As early as 13 May 1922 the National Socialist Movement in Germany began to organize youth into its growing ranks.  In these early years, members of the youth movement were oversaw by the Sturmabteilung (SA) which served as the assault detachment of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP).

In 1933 the Hitler Youth (Hitler Jungend HJ) was organized into a separate and independent group that encompasses all youth related clubs in Germany.  On 25 March 1939 a law made service in the Hitler Youth mandatory for all boys between the ages of ten and nineteen.  Girls were required to serve until the age of twenty-one.  After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Hitler Youth members were increasingly involved in a number of war-related duties.  By 1940 these duties included assisting anti-aircraft batteries, serving as fire-fighting personnel, and working as special armed assistants of the Order Police (Ordnungspolizei). 

So common was the role of a Hitler Youth member turned "flak helper" that many Germans referred collectively to youth as "The Flak Crew Generation."  Hitler Youth members serving in hazardous duty situations were often provided light-weight helmets for protection.  These generally included the M1934 civic model fire protection helmet, as well as the standard one, two, or three piece gladiator style Air Defense (Luftschutz) helmet.


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Information Tracks are organized by subject matter and their content is directly related to the service arm or organization to which each topic is related.  Topic areas that bridge one subject matter to another are cross linked within each Information Track.

This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to helmets of the Hitler Youth (Hitler Jungend) 1940 -1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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HJ-Freiwillige Feuerwehren

    Auxiliary Forces

Deutsches Rote Kreuz (DRK)

Hitler Jungend (HJ)

Luftschutzwarndienst (LSW)

NS Kraftfahr Korps (NSKK)

Organization Todt (OT)

Reichsarbeitsdients (RAD)

Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB)

Sicherheits-Hilfdienst (SHD)

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