The German economy went through a
depression during the early 1930's. The German government created an
organization called the RAD to boost the economy through employment generated by
the inception of massive public works projects. As a result of such effort the
German infrastructure was rebuilt producing things such as the Autobahn.
It is about this time that Hitler had launched an expansion of the armed forces. Service in the military was deemed mandatory.
The RAD was employed as a means to
breach the time between graduating from school to entering military service.
Service in the RAD included military style drills such as marching, obeying orders, etc.
It was 1934 when all members of the organization were authorized to wear a dagger.
However, in 1937 a new dagger was introduced to be worn by the RAD leaders.
Type: RAD LEADER
Year adopted: 1937
Description: The pommel, crossguard and scabbard were initially silver plate, while subsequent production pieces were constructed of aluminum.
The two- piece plastic grips varied from white to ivory to a dark orange.
A large sculptured eagle head appears on the pommel and the RAD spade and wheat stalk insignia is featured on thelanget.
The blade resembles the bold shape of the 1934 pattern hewer.
Length: 39 cm (15,4")
Blade motto: "Arbeit Adelt"
a: Hanger - a double strap, detachable, brown leather hanger with smooth or pebbled metal rectangular buckles.
b: This dagger has no portepee