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WWII GERMAN - RAD SWIMMING SUIT The German National Work Service (RAD - Reichsarbeitdienst) was established on July 1934. This started as a labor organization. It provided labor to several agricultural and public works around Germany. On June of 1935 it was transformed into a full blown ministry. With the passage of the Reichs Labor Service law, all males between the ages of 18 and 25 were required to serve 6 months under the RAD organization. This acted as a stepping stone where later they were obligated to serve 2 years in a branch of the military.

While the RAD swimsuit is not the most valuable item portrayed on this website it is however a rare and interesting find. The author has not seen another example of its kind. The item is in un-used condition.

The suit is of cotton construction. Blue color and has a patch with the RAD emblem sewn to its left side (left picture). The same side of the suit has two draw strings. The inside front and back contain markings stamped with black ink. One of the markings is a date, 1939.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German collectibles. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German collectible worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the collectibles is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German items in the collector's market is illustrated.

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Many German items are currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of the items. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of a german military collectible.



If you have an interest is seeing other collectibles of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Collectibles identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), political, civil service, homefront and many more areas.







PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for WWII German military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $40.00 $45.00 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $70.00 $70.00 $75.00 $80.00 $80.00 $80.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B B B B B B B B B B B B


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  MARKET ANALYSIS
Mar 6th, 2017
Germans items that were used at the homefront during WWII have become collectibles. The item featured here is hard to find. In general the appreciation has been moderate. Recently the value has began to come up some. It is expected that this trend will continue.


 
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