Saturday, 5 May 2012

Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge with Oak Leaves

Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge with Oak Leaves. Type A.    
Instituted on 1935
Rarity – Extremely Rare

Known Makers – Unmarked

 


 


This badge is slightly larger than the Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge being 32 mm by 19 mm and follows the same design save that the outer border has been enhanced by the addition of a row of oak leaves, four on each side of the diamond. The oak leaves run from the bottom of the diamond were they are joined by a tie and lay over each other meeting at the top of the diamond tip to tip. This boarder is 2 mm thick.   The badge is constructed in two parts, the HJ Diamond and the diamond wreath that forms the base plate. The diamond sits into the recess of the wreath. The quality of the badge is superior and is normally produced in gold with an assay mark 585, which is found on the reverse.



The reverse is flat and is polished. It has a small ball hinge, with a fine needle pin. The hook is a delicate C form. Directly below the pin are two raised rivets that are filed flat on their tops. This type of badge is that which is illustrated in “Orden und Ehrenzeichen im Dritten Reich” by Dr. Heinrich Doehle. This was published in 1939.



It was worn on the left breast pocket of the uniform.

The award was instituted in 1935 by Balder von Schirach and was classed as a party decoration.  It could be awarded by Hitler and Balder von Schirach, who personally presented the award to the recipient.  This is the only party decoration that could be awarded independently of Hitler.

It was awarded for;
1) Exceptional service in the HJ.
2) Exceptional service to the HJ.

It could be awarded to;
1) Hitler Youth members.
2) Germans who were not members of the Hitler Youth.
3) It could be conferred upon foreign nationals.

It has been estimated that no more than 250 of the badge were awarded, thus making this one of the very rare awards of the Third Reich.

It was awarded with a Document in a folder. The citation was titled “Das Goldene Ehrenzeichen der Hitler Jugend”, with no mention of the addition of oak leaves, although the badge emblem on the citation clearly shows the oak leaf design. It was printed in coloured text, with the Recipients details being hand written and signed by Reichsleiter Baldur von Schirach. The presentation box is unknown to the author.




Bartels Adolf - Prof. Dr.


Himmler Heinrich - Reichsführer-SS u. Chef der Deutschen Polizei.

 


Reinecke Hermann - General der Infanterie.
 
 
Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge with Oak Leaves. Type B.    
Instituted on 1935
Rarity – Extremely Rare
Known Makers – Un marked



This badge is considerably larger than the Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge and is larger than the former badge, measuring 36 mm by 21 mm and follows the same design of that badge, save that the outer border in this case has been enhanced by 4 escutcheons one at each corner of the diamond. The addition of a row of 4 oak leaves, between the esscutions, runs from the bottom tip upwards on either side of the diamond. From the apex on either side of the diamond they run downwards. This boarder is 2.5 mm thick.   The badge is constructed in two parts, the HJ Diamond and the diamond wreath that forms the base plate. The diamond sits into the recess of the wreath. The quality of the badge is superior and gives the impression of having been hand engraved. It can be produce in three different forms, in gold with an assay mark 585, silver guilt with an assay mark .835, both of which are found stamped on the reverse and fine zinc.

The reverse in the case of the gold and silver guilt badges is flat and polished. They have a small ball hinge, with a fine needle pin. The hook is a delicate C form. In the case of the zinc badge the pin is a one-piece safety pine type attached to the reverse by a round plate.

This type of badge is that which is illustrated by a picture on the funeral pillow of Dr. Fritz Todt.

 The funeral pillow of Dr. Fritz Todt.

Close up of the award on the funeral pillow of Dr. Fritz Todt.



Golden HJ Honour Badge with Oak leaves.



NAME
First Name
Rank
Date
Amann
Max
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Reichsleiter

Axmann
Artur
Reichsjugendführer

Bader
Hans
SS-Obersturmführer der Reserve

Bartels


Adolf Prof. Dr
.

15.11.1942
Berger
Gottlob
SS-Obergruppenführer
30.01.1944
Blaschke
Hans
SS-Brigadeführer

Blaschke


Hugo Dr
.
SS-Brigadeführer Professor

Blaschke
Johann
SS-Brigadeführer

Bouhler
Philipp
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Reichsleiter
22.10.1943
Brenner
Karl Heinrich
SS-Gruppenführer

Buch
Walter
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Reichseiter

Cerff
Karl
SS-Brigadeführer

Dorpmüller
Julius
Reichsminister

Fick
Jakob
SS-Standartenführer

Florian
Karl
Gauleiter

Frank
Karl Hermann
SS-Obergruppenführer
15.03.1939
Funk
Walther
Reichsminister

Ganzenmüller


Albert Dr
.
Staatssekretär

Glaser
Franz
SS-Hauptsturmführer

Greiser
Arthur
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Gauleiter

Hahn
Franz
Oberleutnant

Hanke
Karl
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Gauleiter

Hellermann
Vollrath von
Oberst
30.01.1944
Himmler
Heinrich
Reichsführer-SS
20.01.1938
Jury


Hugo Dr
.
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Gauleiter

Klagges
Dietrich
SS-Obergruppenführer

Klein
Emil
HJ-Obergebietsführer

Koch
Erich
Gauleiter, Reichskommissar

Lauterbacher
Hartmann
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Gauleiter
26.05.1933
Ley
Robert
Reichsleiter

Lohse
Rudolf
SS-Brigadeführer

Manteuffel
Hasso von
General der Panzertruppe

Meyer


Alfred Dr
.
Reichsstatthalter Gauleiter
13.10.1938
Möckel
Helmut
HJ-Stabsführer

Ohnesorge
Wilhelm
Reichsminister

Reinecke
Hermann
General der Infanterie

Rosenberg


Alfred Dr
.
Reichsminister

Sauckel
Fritz
Generalbevollmächtigter für den Arbeitseinsatz

Scheel
Gustav-Adolf
SS-Obergruppenführer

Scheel


Gustav-Adolf Dr
.
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Gauleiter

Schirach
Baldur von
Reichsjugendführer

Schmundt
Rudolf
General der Infanterie

Schwarz
Franz Xaver
SS-Oberstgruppenführer u. Reichsleiter

Schwerin-Krosigk
Lutz Graf von
Reichsminister

Seyss-Inquart


Arthur Dr
.
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Reichskommissar

Speer
Albert Prof.
Reichsminister

Sporrenberg
Josef
SS-Gruppenführer

Streit
Bernhard
SS-Sturmbannführer

Todt


Fritz Dr
.
Reichsminister

Tschammer und Osten
Hans von
SA-Obergruppenführer

Wächtler
Fritz
SS-Obergruppenführer u. Gauleiter




Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge with Oak Leaves. Type C.    
Instituted on 1935
Rarity – Possible Fake
Known Makers – BM 1/122



 
This badge is slightly larger than the Golden Hitler Youth Honour Badge being 32.5 mm by 19.5 mm and follows the same design save that the outer border has been enhanced by the addition of a row of oak leaves, four on each side of the diamond. The oak leaves run from the bottom of the diamond were they are joined by a tie and lay over each other meeting at the top of the diamond tip to tip. This boarder is 2 mm thick. The badge is constructed in two parts, the HJ Diamond and the diamond wreath that forms the base plate. The diamond sits into the recess of the wreath.  Too all intents and purposes the obverse design is the same as the type A badge

The reverse has a raised panel for the plate that secures the pin. The pin is a one-piece safety pine type attached to the reverse by a round plate. The maker's code number and the RZM logo are to be found in raised characters on the left and right sides of the raised panel.  In addition an issue number is stamped into the reverse. A badge illustrated in, 'For Führer and Fatherland, Political and Civil Awards of the Third Reich', by Ltc. (Retd) John R. Angolia, that has an issue number 366, tends to indicate that more awards were made than has been previously thought.  The possibility that this is a separate award cannot be ruled out and would give rise to the change in design encountered in the Type A and B badges. Dr Klietmann describes the badge in this form in his book Deutsche Auszeichungen, 2 Band. However this could be a fake, which is probably the most likely scenario. I have included it because it has been feature and there is no hard and fast answer to it. Numbers that have been encountered are 305, 352, 366.

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