- The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

    Wehrmachtsgefolge:  Reichsarbeitsdienst - National Labor Service

The Insignia of the Reichsarbeits Dienst

National Labor Corps

On 26 June 1935 Adolf Hitler decreed by law the formation of the National Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdeinst-RAD).  The RAD was a state organization which required all men between the ages of 17 and 25 to serve a minimum of six months of duty.  This organization had its roots in the National Socialist Volunteer Labor Service (NS-Freiwillige Arbeitsdienst) which was formed in 1931. 

Prior to the RAD, Germany had a number of volunteer labor services as a mechanism to help build the economy and curb unemployment.  The National Socialist Party took advantage of this concept and created labor camps for young men to work and be trained in military protocol.  Prior to the advent of the Second World War, the RAD was instrumental in helping to build infrastructure to include highways, airfields, military complexes, bridges and railroads.  Much of the work was agrarian in nature with RAD members often serving time on small farms throughout Germany.  After the invasion of Poland, the RAD became a training ground for young Germans who would be inducted into the German Armed Forces (Deutsche Wehrmacht) as soon as their term of service was complete

Members of the RAD also served in occupied countries and near the front lines.  Combat related duties often included mine laying, bringing up ammunition, guarding prisoners, and virtually any duty normally assigned to an auxiliary unit.  Many RAD units were taken directly into combat as replacement troops.  BY 1944 most RAD units were trained in the latest combat techniques including anti-tank warfare and anti-aircraft artillery operations.  In the closing months of World War II, six RAD combat divisions were formed to aid in the defense of the German homeland.  Members of the RAD were engaged in the final battles throughout Germany, and in particular in Berlin during the final hours of the Second World War.


Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

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 steel helmets worn by the National Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst) from 1935-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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Helmet Types

Helmet Insignia

Helmet Photos

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    Auxiliary Organizations

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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