Sunday 3 June 2012

N.S.D.A.P.-N. Badge for Achievement in the D.J.N.

N.S.D.A.P.-N. Badge for Achievement in the D.J.N.
Black, Silver, Gold.

Known Makers - Always Unmarked

Rarity – Very Rare, Extremely Rare, Unique.

N.S.D.A.P.-N. had an active youth branch known as the Deutsche Jugendschaft Nordschlesweg, which was the counterpart of the Hitler Youth of Germany. The Deutsche Mädchenschaft Nordschleswig was the girl’s section and the equivalent to the BDM in the Reich. Like its German counter part it introduced a proficiency badge in bronze, silver and gold. This was called the “Fűr Leistunge in der D.J.N.

Denmark’s most southern province, Schleswig – Holstein, had been lost to Germany after the war of 1864, but following the First World War the League of Nations organised a plebiscite to determine whether its citizens wished to be German or Danes. The result was a compromise. North Schleswig voted three to one to become part of Denmark, while South Schleswig voted four to one to remain German. This meant that there was a small German minority in North Schleswig, or as the Danes term it South Jutland. With the rise of Hitler, the Volksdeutsche of North Schleswig embraced the Nazi faith eagerly, so eagerly in fact that by the mid – 1930’s there were no fewer than four rival Nazi parties in that region. Between 1933 and 1935 a bitter struggle was fought out as to which party had the best claim to the title. It was finally won by Jens Møller, a veterinary surgeon from Stenderup who, in August 1935, succeeded in drawing them together to form the N.S.D.A.P. –N. the National – Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei – Nordschleswigs. The unity did not, however, last; a rival “Nazi Party”, the N.S.A.N. National – Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei Nordschleswigs under Jep Nissen, was set up and this split in the Volksdeutsche ranks continued until the time of the occupation.

The ban on political uniforms meant that the N.S.D.A.P. –N. had, until freed from this restriction by the defeat of Denmark, to camouflage its “storm troops” as sports.
, or social clubs. The equivalent of the SS or SA in Germany was the S.K. Schleswigische Kameradschaft, which had motorised, “cavalry” and motor – boat sub sections. This latter used to carry out combined naval exercises with units of the Marine SA from neighbouring German Flensburg. After the occupation the SK wore a uniform consisting of a white shirt, black breeches and jack boots, “Sam Browne” belt and cross strap and Nazi type brassard similar to that of the German SA except that it appears from photos officers had white or silver edges. A blue ski cap with a version of the Nazi eagle and swastika completed the summer uniform. In winter a black tunic with “SK” on the left lapel could be worn.

According to the official “Volksalendar” for 1943 the SK had a total of 1761 members. The N.S.D.A.P. – N. had a Women’s Section N.S.F.N.. 

N.S.D.A.P.-N. Badge for Achievement in the D.J.N, in wear.

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