GAU TRADITION BADGE OF THE AUSLANDSORGANISATION OF THE NSDAP

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GAU TRADITION BADGE OF THE AUSLANDSORGANISATION OF THE NSDAP

Post by WCSTUMP » 29 Apr 2002 03:12

Time has come to expand our study on the Third Reich awards. I have presented a most interesting report on the GAU TRADITION BADGE OF THE AUSLANDORGANISATION OF THE NSDAP and if our readers would like to see the badge and read the report, I will present it on behalf of myself and my very good friend the noted researcher and photographer from the Netherlands, Mr. Otto Spronk.

I have been around this hobby many years, thought I had accumulated a great deal of information in the filed of Orders, Medals, Badges and other decorations of the Third Reich, but my friend from the Netherlands, Otto Spronk, makes my files look like a kindergarten library compared to what he has accumulated. He has assisted me in ways that words can't express. He is a true collector, researcher and photographer. He is also a very sharing person and this time he has sent me a photograph and information about a badge that I have only vaguely heard about before now. It is the Gau-Tradition Badge of the Auslandsorganiation of the NSDAP. Otto said, "A few years ago I wrote an article for Roger Bender's Military Advisor about the Ausland Organisation of the NSDAP in which I published the very rare NSDAP-AO Gau Traditions Abzeichen. It is rumored there were only 3 pieces awarded. I asked in the article if anyone could tell me some more about this badge, but no reaction at all."

If deemed a worthwile topic I will start this story next.

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 29 Apr 2002 04:57

WCStump could you please post pics and more info, thank you

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Post by WCSTUMP » 29 Apr 2002 05:04

.:MarK_III:. wrote:WCStump could you please post pics and more info, thank you


We will see my friend. Only if this stain on the thread is removed will I continue. I will prepare the photo scans and see what happens between now and the morning. I will try to continue then.

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 29 Apr 2002 05:06

WCstump, I feel your frustration, but please for the people who actualy wanna learn from you and others, please don't let these morons who try and pollute this forum stop you, Thanks

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 29 Apr 2002 05:46

Tom, are you here to learn something from what WCstump wants to post , or are you here to ruin yet another post???

Just stick to the "for sale board" and sling your FAKE "merchandise".

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Post by steven » 29 Apr 2002 07:36

Bill ,
I'm sure the more travelled collector on this forum has already read and
seen the photos of this excellent write up done by your good self and Otto Spronk on the other BBs's you post at.

I feel sorry that a minority on this bbs can screw it up for the many who
would benefit from this information.

I could suggest that those who want to read it surf to these other forums ,
but I know that's not in the spirit that you were offering it today.

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Post by Marcus » 29 Apr 2002 10:34

William,

I'm very interested in seeing that info so please post it here, thanks.

/Marcus

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Post by Marcus » 29 Apr 2002 10:38

Several provokative and unfriendly posts were removed.

/Marcus

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THE BADGE

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 29 Apr 2002 20:02

Thanks for the Pictures mister Stump, a really nice badge

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OTTO'S ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN THE MILITARY ADVISOR

Post by WCSTUMP » 29 Apr 2002 20:43

AUSLANDSORGANISATION OF THE NSDAP
By: Otto Spronk

The nazi party determined as early as the late 1920’s and early 1930’s that it had to find a process of organizing its members living abroad, which included Party members who were aboard ships at sea. German communities of all sizes were located throughout the world, and in most cases they held strong nationalistic feelings and were anxious to hear of the events in their fatherland. Through their own efforts they formed their own groups, such as SA and Hitler Youth, which reflected the NSDAP in Germany, and supported them with armbands, flags, and magazines. Although they were closely associated with their local organizations, they were also in contact with the Party leadership in Germany and submitted their Party dues there. But these people abroad were independent and tended to do as they liked. Thus, it was decided to incorporate German communities around the world into the organizational structure of the NSDAP.

The first “Organization Book of the NSDAP” was published in 1936 and contained the following chapter on membership abroad:

Auslandsorganisation of the NSDAP

The AO of the NSDAP is organized as a GAU. The leader of the AO (with the rank of Gauleiter) is submitted to the Office of the Deputy Fuhrer. The AO headquarters is located in Berlin.

The AO has the duty to put forth the national-socialist ideas to German abroad and within the merchant fleet, and keep alive these thoughts in every German abroad in communities of all classes, status and religion. The AO is to stay apart from all non-German affairs.

The AO is the only Party office for all are subject to the AO, and they are not permitted to become a member of an inner-German Gau. Party members of the merchant fleet who have left their onboard job or have been unemployed for half a year can become members of a competent inner-German Gau, as can Party members who have come home permanently. Family members and NS-Frauenschaft members related to merchant fleet crews are subject to the NS-Frausenshaft of the AO of the NSDAP-Amt Seefhart. This concerns all Gaus in which the AO-Seefahrt has subordinate offices.

The Staff of the AO is entitled “Leitung der Auslandsorganisation der NSDAP”.

The AO is divided into LANDESGRUPPEN, Landskreise, Kreise, Ortsgruppen and Stutzpunkte. The title “Landsesgruppe” is valid only in countries of importance to German national sprit (like Italy, ed.) All other countries have the title of “Landeskreis.”

The officials of the LO are:

1. The leader with the rank of Gauleiter.

2. The deputy-leader with the rank of Stellvertretende Gauleiter.

3. The Landesgruppe leader title in most countries of the world with
the rank of Gauamtsleiter.

4. The Landeskreis leader with the rank of Kreisleiter.

5. The Kreisleiter.

6. The Ortsgruppenleiter.

7. The Stutzpunkleiter.

The Amtsleiter (function position, ed.) is subject to the leadership of the AO, the Auslandskommissars (leading several Landesgrupppen and Landeskreise, some of which are on different continents), and the Laandesgruppenleiter holding the rank of gauamtsleiter.

The leader of the “Seefahrt der AO der NADAP” office has the authority over:

1. The Abschnittsleiter in Bremen, Hamburg, Lubeck and Stettin with the rank of Gauhaupstellenleiter.

2. Ortsgruppen and Stuzpunktleiter aboard German ships.

The Fuhrer has authorized the wearing of a special insignia as a distinction for a political leader and Party member of the AO. It is a black cloth diamond standing on a point of the longer end, and is to be worn on the left sleeve (the lower end 2 centimeters above the cuff.) On the black diamond are the letters “AO” in gold for officials and in silver for all others. Party members are to wear the diamond only on a brown shirt. The diamond insignia may be worn only as long as one is a member of the AO. It is not permitted to wear the insignia when one has come home permanently and has become a member of a local Ortsgruppe.
The “Organization Book” published in 1943 has a supplement chapter for Party members on how to handle trips abroad for longer than three weeks on one place. (Anordnumg Partei-Kanzlei Nr. 158/39). It also included instructions on filling out papers when traveling abroad for over six months.

The AO organization structure was not altered during the years of its existence.

The Gauleiter of the OR of the NSDAP was Ernst Wilhelm Bohle, and his Deputy-Gauleiter was Alfred Hess. The office of the OA was located a 4 Tiergartenstrasse, Berlin W 35.

The Gau tradition badges of all other Gaus of the Reich have been well-documented in contemporary publications as well as in post-war publications. But this article is the first time that the Gau Traditions-Abzichen of the Auslandsorganisation of the NSDAP has been discussed and illustrated. Since the AO was organized along the lines of a Gau in Germany, Gauleiter Bohle was also authorized to bestow Gau commemorative badges. Such a badge was to be given in recognition of loyal, outstanding service to the Party by Party members in the Gau during the period of the “Kampfzeit.”

The AO commemorative badge consists of the German national emblem with spread wings (the emblem on AO yearbooks has closed wings) surmounting the AO diamond on an oval badge with an oak leaf rim. The badge is silver-colored (no silver mark is evident) and has a cream-colored enamel background with the words “Auslandsorganisation der NSDAP” in gold.) The outer rim of the enamel center which is next to the oak leaf rim is also gold.

To date, no documentation has been found on this rare badge, but it is believed that Wilhelm Bohle bestowed three such badges. The recipients are not known. Several years ago the illustrated badge was sold at an auction in Germany, but its present location is not known. The author would welcome any further information on this badge

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 30 Apr 2002 06:12

Very interesting WCstump, thank you

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Post by Marcus » 30 Apr 2002 10:27

William

Very interesting, thanks.

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why why

Post by Richard van Kempen » 01 May 2002 22:22

help i can't see the pictures

do i need to download something¿?¿?¿?

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