Saturday, August 7, 2010

Early D.J. Sigrunes

Sigrunes worn by members of the D.J. varied greatly in the early 1930's. Color combinations may have reflected the Landesfarben, the S.A. Gau stucture, or the H.J. Gruppe structure prior to the establishment of the Oberbann system in 1934. The establishment of the Oberbann structure brought uniformity to the Sigrune colors. Prior to that point it is possible to encounter many different color and shape combinations of Sigrunes depending upon region and which organisation the H.J. was subordinate to at the time.
Two versions of an oval blue and red Sigrune. Possibly representing the H.J. Gruppe West of the Hessen-Nassau-Sud Gau of the S.A., or H.J. Gruppe Nord Hamburg prior to the 1933 reorganisation. $160.00 Each.

Early style Sigrune. Non standard and possibly handmade version. It appears to have been sewn to a section of brown shirt type material and worn with the brown backing exposed as evidenced by the hem on the border of the backing. This type of Sigrune would pre date the Oberbann structure of 1934. This color combination of White and Blue was used by HJ-Gruppe Sud (Munchen) for the following locations:

Munchen Sud or Oberbayern





Another variant of the Blue and Red Sigrune from H.J. Gruppe Nord Hamburg. It's my opinion that this rune slightly predates the RZM regulations of 1934, possibly used for a short period around 1933. Earlier variants were embriodered, however this variant is woven the the "Bevo" style similar to the Sigrunes of the Oberbann system. A photo of a similar Sigrune can be found in "Youth Led By Youth" Vol 3 page 71. $150.00

White background with red rune possibly representing H.J. Gruppe Ost/Ostmark of the Berlin-Spandau or Brandenburg Gau of the S.A. This combination was also used by H.J. Gruppe Nordwest Koln, of the Westfalen-Nord and Westfalen-Sud Gau of the S.A. This is the item shown on page 71 of "Youth Led By Youth" Vol. 3, formerly of the Phillip Baker collection. $200.00

Red background with "skinny" white rune. Possibly used by H.J. Gruppe West of the Hessen-Nassau Gau of the S.A. Also possibly from H.J. Gruppe Ostland-Danzig before the 1933 reorganisation, or still possibly an early variant of the Oberbann 1 Sigrune.$150.00

Another red and white example possibly from the locations as the rune shown above. This is the item shown on page 71 of "Youth Led By Youth" Vol 3. Formerly of the Phillip Baker collection. $200.00

Black background with yellow rune and dual colored piped border. This color combination of piping was in use by H.J. Gruppe Nord Hannover-Ost. The same color piping was used by H.J. Gruppe Sud Franken at the time. This was also the color of H.J. Gruppe Osterreich-Karnten (Lintz) before the 1933 reorganisation. $325.00

HJ Gruppe Ost Ostland color Sigrune. $175.00

Blue background with white rune on a black backing. This color combination was used by H.J. Gruppe Sud before the 1933 reorganisation. It is also possibly an early version of the Oberbann 4 Sigrune. $125.00

Green background with white rune. This appears to be a handmade variant. This color combination was used by H.J. Gau Mitte-Sachsen before the 1933 reorganization.$90.00

Green background with white rune and white backing. This appears to be an early variant Oberbann 3 Sigrune. The rune has a very similar shape to the final pattern Oberbann Sigrunes but is slightly elongated in comparisson. $175.00

Black background with white rune. This color combination was used by H.J. Gruppe Schlesien before the 1933 reorganization. It seems to have been a popular color combination due to the many H.J. Gruppe that used it in the early years. Here is a list of several of them.

Also used by; H.J. Gruppe Sud West-Pfalz. H.J. Gruppe Sud West-Hessen-Nassau-Nord; Hessen Nassau-Sud; Hessen-Darmstadt; Hessen-Trier.

H.J. Gruppe Nordwest Westfalen-Nord and Sud; Dusseldorf; Essen; and Koln-Aachen.

H.J. Gruppe Nord; Bremen; Hannover Ost; and Schwleswig-Holstien.

H.J. Gau Berlin.

H.J. Gruppe Ost/Ostmark; Brandenberg; Pommern; and Mecklenberg.
H.J. Gruppe Ostland; Ostpreussen and Danzig. 


Another example of an early non RZM sigrune. Black rune on a blue field. These colors were used by the follow HJ Gruppe.

H.J. Gruppe Sud-West Wuttemberg or Pfalz.

H.J. Gruppe West, Koblenz-Trier.

H.J. Gruppe Nordwest, Koln Aachen.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Another example of a early "homemade" Sigrune. The red and white piping colors were used in the period of 1931 to 1933 and possibly represent the HJ Gruppe Ostland in the regions of Instenburg, Ostprussen, or Danzig.

Another possibility is HJ Gruppe Ost/Ostmark in the regions of Berlin-Spandau, Brandenberg, or Ostmark

$ Difficult to find, $275.00

Another example of an early style Sigrune. This Sigrune possibly represents Pommern Ost or West, or Halle Merseburg and or Magdeburg-Anhalt. These piping colors were used in those regions in 1932. Another possibility is the region of Saxe-Wiemar-Eisenach in Thuringa. 

Oberbann Sigrune Sets

Set of D.J. Oberbann Sigrunes. This was the pattern that was introduced in 1934 when the H.J. Oberbann Structure was established. Worn in lieu of the H.J. armband by D.J. members. These replaced the earlier style Sigrunes and established more uniformity among the Jungbanns. 1 Red, 2 Yellow, 3 Green, 4 Blue, 5 Black, 6 White. These remained in use until a reorganisation in 1935-36 eliminated the Oberbann structure. From that point the red background with white rune became the standard symbol of the D.J. and was worn by all D.J. members. The exception is the white background with black rune which was used by D.J. members of the N.P.E.A. and A.H.S. attendees. First photo is a set of uniform removed Sigrunes. Second photo are the more commonly found unissued variety. Unissued Sold, Worn complete set $850.00 will not sell seperate.

Oberbann 3 Sigrune, Unissued version.

Example of an unissued Oberbann 3 Sigrune. These are commonly found missing the RZM tag on the reverese. A popular story is that a horde of unissued Sigrunes was found in a former RZM outlet store. The owner of the items insisted that the tags be removed and thrown away due to the swastika. This may explain why most of these are missing the RZM tags. This example was made by Hersteller 226, Rudolf Homberg of Wuppertal-Langerfeld. 


D.J. Leadership Sigrunes

Sigrunes worn to signify rank or position for non commisioned officers of the D.J. were introduced in 1934-35. First photo is a silver rune on an artillery red background and 3mm silver outer band for a Gebietsjunvolkfuhrer.


 Second photo appears to be a normal Oberbann 1 Sigrune which has been "converted" to a Gebietsjunvolkfuhrer by the addition of the silver outer band. 

  Third photo is a difficult to find Jungbannfuhrer from Oberbann 3 as denoted by the green piping and silver embroidered sigrune on a white backing. 


Jungbann 201 Berlin, Moabit, "Herbert Norkus" Insignia

The Norkus patch was worn instead of the normal Sigrune insignia. The Ausweis dates to the earlier part of 1934. Bann 201 was raised officially August 1, 1933 at Ost Berlin with the name Schoeneberg-Moabit. The Oberbann-color for the HY shoulder-strap piping and the piping for the visored cap was first yellow. This was changed into black on January 1, 1934. The name for the Bann was changed simultaneously into Moabit. The name Herbert Norkus was granted first to Schar 2 from Gau Berlin on August 8, 1932. On April 7, 1934 the name Herbert Norkus was granted to Bann 201 and so this name was in use instead of Moabit. For unknown reason the name for the Bann was changed again in Moabit-Schoeneberg on March 1, 1935. The honour-name Norkus was once again granted October 1, 1938.July 11, 1935 the Jungvolk Jungbann I/201 was raised with the name Moabit- Schoeneberg. The roman number was no longer used after August 1, 1937. The name for the Jungbann remained as it was. All information comes from the Verordnungsblatt from the Reichsjugendfuehrung.

On January 24, 1932, Herbert Norkus and other Hitler Youth were distributing leaflets advertising an upcoming Nazi meeting. The group was attacked by Communists and fled. However, Norkus was caught and stabbed twice. He broke free and ran to a nearby house for help, but the owner, a night watchman, slammed the door in his face. Norkus ran to the next building, but the boys caught up to him. He broke free again, hollering for help, he knocked on the door of the building but nobody answered. Norkus was then stabbed six more times. He managed to break free once more, leaving a bloody trail as he stumbled towards the next house. Marie Jobs opened to door, and her mother bent over the body of Herbert Norkus, who had collapsed in the corrider leaving bloody hand prints on the wall where he had tried to pull himself up. The Communists fled. Mrs. Jobs called for a taxi, and Norkus was taken to Moabit Hospital, where he died shortly afterwards

 A fantastic and rare assortment of historic H.J. items, will not separate, please don't ask. $1500.00 for all items shown. 


D.J. Hordenfuhrer Rank Insignia

Rank insignia winkels for a D.J. Hordenfuhrer. Worn on the left sleeve of the service shirt (Tan)and winterbluse(Blue), underneath the Sigrune patch. Used pre 1936. $ 125.00 each.

Nachrichten (Signals) H.J. Sleeve Insignia

First pattern sleeve insignia for a Nachrichten (Signals) H.J. member. This pattern was introduced in 1935. Second photo is another example of this insignia. Both examples are for a Grade "C", the highest qualification. Tagged $180.00, untagged $150.00

Flakhelfer Insignia

Breast insignia for an H.J. Flakhelfer. Worn in combination with the Flakhelfer shoulder straps by H.J. members serving as Flakhelfers. $270.00 for all items.

Feldsher (Medical) H.J. Insignia

Feldscher (Medical) H.J. sleeve insignia for a Dentist. Introduced in 1938. There are three types of this insignia for adults. Round is for Physician, Rectangular for Dentist, and Triangular for a Chemist. This insignia was worn on the lower left sleeve of the leaders service tunic in combination with the Feldscher shoulder straps. The example shown here is the item pictured in "Youth Led By Youth" Vol. 2 Page 39. Impossible to find, $800.00 for the Dentist patch only, straps sold separately .

HJ Feldscher Qualification 2nd Pattern

HJ Feldscher qualification, 2nd Pattern sleeve patch. Introduced in 1934. Worn on the left sleeve 3cm above the cuff by HJ members who completed a six week first aid training course and passed specific first aid tests. Nice transitional example with black lettered tag $225.

Verwalter (Administrative Official) Sleeve Insignia

H.J. Verwalter (Administrative Official) of the Gefolgschaft level sleeve insignia. This was worn by administrative officials on the lower left sleeve of the leaders service tunic. Similar in design to the other Third Reich Administrative insignia, the H.J. version has a green background. Tough to find, $300.00

Hilter Youth Armbands

First Photo is a homemade Hitler Youth Armband. The white background and stripe are one piece, sewn to the red armband. There are buttons with loops on the reverse for ease of removal from a uniform. There is also a name tag for "Kurt Rosin" of Munster Lager sewn on. This is the item shown in the book "Youth Led By Youth" Volume 3 page 135. Formerly of the Phillip Baker collection. Rare and published, $450.00

Second photo is a standard pattern Hitler Youth armband of woven constuction. $85.00