Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge in Bronze The badge depicts the arrow-shaped “Tiwaz” Rune, representing the Norse God of War. The rune bears the words "For proficiency in the HJ." The badge is in VERY GOOD condition, except for some bronze wash missing as shown in photo. The reverse is hallmarked RZM M1/35 and has the Hitler Youths membership number 288313 on the arrow. The pin is very strong and overall rates at very good to excellent.
Before the Third Reich era the German government let contracts with a number of private firms to supply military medals and badges. This practice continued with the rise of the Nazi party, but Hitler soon desired to control and standardize Nazi items. In 1929 the Reichszeugmeisterei (National Material Control Office, RZM) was set up to control the production and pricing of Nazi uniform items. This included items of all Party organizations such as the SA and SS, but not military awards or decorations. The RZM ensured that contracts went to Aryan firms, that items were priced within the budget of the normal Party member, and that quality control was high. The RZM mark was placed on all items intended for Nazi organization uniforms. The basic symbol was a capital R and Z over an M. The bottom ends of the legs of the M formed the ends of an almost-circular arc that surrounded the letters, and this symbol was surrounded by a second circle. On 16 March 1935 contract numbers were awarded to all RZM-approved manufacturers, and after that date the number appeared along with the RZM mark. Codes denoted the different categories of items. M1 was the RZM code for political medals and orders,
A fabulous addition to your WWII collection.
MEASUREMENTS: 2" x 1.25"
Good condition and has regular surface wear from use and age.
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.I will not ship WWII / German memorablilia to any country that is in violation of their laws.
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