M-364

German WWII HJ Worker’s Badge

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German WWII HJ Worker’s Badge-This is a great example of this youth badge. When we get these, usually the red enamel has been damaged or is in fact missing. This one is excellent. The enamel, finish and paint on this example is fully intact. There are some small scuffs to the face of this badge, but overall, this is in very good condition. This is the first pattern example of the Hitler Youth worker’s pin, in silver finished tombac with enamel. The details are in very good condition. The black finish remains in the script that rims the circle and the black horizon where the sun sets. There is red finish on the sun rays, that is still nice and vibrant. The pin functions as intended. The reverse has the early Ges.Gesch markings in a couple of places. A very interesting early example that is not seen by us very often, and especially in this condition. 

History: The origins of the (Hitler Youth, may be traced back to March 1922 with the formation of the Jugendbund der NSDAP, Youth League of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, under control of the SA, Sturmabteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment. In July 1926 the Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung was officially renamed Hitler Jugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend, (Hitler Youth League of German Worker Youth). The first HJ membership badge was a round cap badge introduced in 1929. In 1933 a second pattern HJ membership badge was introduced and utilized through-out the Third Reich era. The second pattern membership badge was utilized in a metal and enamel form on the headgear and brown shirt uniform and in a cloth form on sports shirts etc. After the introduction of the second pattern badge in 1933 the first pattern badge was still worn as a "traditions" badge until the introduction of the Golden HJ Honor Badge in June 1934.