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Background: The Nazis developed an wide range of badges, party medals, flags, banners, rank insignia, etc., which they took very seriously indeed. This page includes illustrations from the 1937 edition of the party handbook of rank insignia, flags, banners, badges, etc. A separate page on this site includes illustrations of Nazi uniforms.

The source: Organisationsbuch der NSDAP, 4. Auflage (Munich: Franz Eher, 1937).


Nazi Regalia

Organisationsbuch cover

The cover to the 1937 edition of the Organisationsbuch der NSDAP

Nazi flags

The top flag is for a Kreisleitung, the bottom one for an Ortsgruppe.


Gauleitung shoulder tabs

These are the shoulder tabs designating the ranks of officials in a Gauleitung.

Nazi Kreisleitung tabs

These are the shoulder tabs designating the ranks of officials in a Kreisleitung.

ROrtsgruppe tabs

These are the shoulder tabs designating the ranks of officials in an Ortsgruppe.

Nazi badges

The top is the Golden Party Badge, given to early party members. The lower medal is the “Blood Order,” the medal given to those who had marched with Hitler in his abortive 1923 Putsch.

 
Nazi badges These are the badges for major Nazi organizations (e.g., the Hitler Youth, the BDM, the student association).
Nazi bwomen's organization badges

These are insignia of rank for the Nazi women’s organization, the NS-Frauenschaft.

Hitler Youth flags These are banners for various parts of the Hitler Youth organization.
Hitler Youth badges

These are badges for various parts of the Hitler Youth.

Nazi honor pistol

This is the “honor pistol” that party officials were allowed to carry.

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