Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) “ANHALT” Commemorative Cufftitle, worn by RAD Units of Sachsen/Anhalt.
The earliest version is from 1933 and was granted by Hierl October 22, 1933. The total members that could have received it at that moment were about 1,200, all from the RAD-group 135 Dessau-Grosskühnau. Possibly all may have received the early pattern in late 1933, or maybe in early 1934.
Not much is known about the first pattern. The first who wrote about it was Dr.Klietmannin the series
“Die Deutsche Wehrmacht 1934 bis 1945“, published in 1964. His work was controlled by the
former RAD-archivist Dr. Helmuth Croon. In b/w a part of an early cuffband was shown, coming from the
Colonel C.M. Dodkins collection. The text from the article did include an early discription of the looks of the
cuffband. It is practically sure variations will have existed. Material and sizes are mentioned (width 2.4 cm with red
edges about 3.0 mm. The height for the letters is 1.1 cm).
The armband here for sale is THEEXACT SAME ONE FROM THE DODKINS COLLECTION! I added a black and white picture from the 1964 book.
Very rare and much less easy to find as the second pattern with the thick red stripes.
- Special thanks to Wim Saris for the above information.