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Reichsluft schutzbund (RLB) german ww2

Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB)

The Reichsluftschutzbund (State Air Protection Group) was a Nazi organization founded in late 1932, and from 1933 given the role of air raid protection and civil defence duties. The Reichsluftschutzbund maintained a system of paramilitary ranks similar to that of the Nazi Sturmabteilung (SA).

The bulk of the members were volunteers trained to deal with air raid precautions as well as the resulting damage cause by British and American bombing raids.

The organisation worked very closely with the DRK (Deutsches Rote Kreuz) – German Red Cross, TENO (Technische Nothilfe) – Technical Emergency Corp; as well as the Polizei Feuerwehr (Police and Fire Departments).

Daggers were issued to a limited number of recipients, the daggers themselves were released by central RLB office and therefore could not be purchased directly by an individual.

Paul Weyersberg is deemed as being the main manufacturer of both the 1st and 2nd Leaders and Subordinates daggers, while many daggers are seen without a makers mark.

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