WWII “DRK” Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) Uniform


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One of the rather uncommon items to find in regards to German Third Reich era collecting, are the tunics worn by members of the DRK Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross.) This example has a couple moth nips, but overall it is still a very solid uniform. This would be considered a factory made piece, the collar shows the originally sewn red cross collar tabs. Under these tabs is an original enamel Deutche Frauenwerk┬ámembership pin, this would have been given to the original owner for being a member in the DFW association club “Sisterhood of the German Red Cross.” The left arm also shows the original armband worn by Red Cross members in the field.

Most woman in the DRK wore the standard nurse type clothing. These blue tunic were worn by field nurses and other members who worked in combat type of zones while in the field. Overall a nice World War 2 era set that was period worn and displays well!

Note – The DRK Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interiors Social Welfare Organization. DRK uniforms can be traced back to at least WWI and underwent minor modifications until August 6th 1935 when major modifications were enacted including the introduction of the national eagle emblem with swastika.