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Ehrennadel des Ringes der Nationalen Kraftfahrt und Luftfahrtbewegung

Honor Badge of the Association of the National Motoring and Aeronautics Movement

The Honor Badge was instituted in the Weimar Republic by the Association of the National Motoring and Aeronautics Movement (Ring der Nationalen Kraftfahrt und Luftfahrtbewegung, RKL), that was a civil sports society focusing at propagation of scientific research in spheres of motor industry and aviation as well as their comprehensive development and promotion amongst German youth in the postwar country. At the same time undercover activities of the Ring der Nationalen Kraftfahrt und Luftfahrtbewegung were aimed at accumulation of various resources to find ways and means to restore German Air forces that were banned by the disastrous Treaty of Versailles. Thus, Section III, Article 198 of the Treaty stipulated that “the armed forces of Germany must not include any military or naval air forces” and “no dirigible shall be kept”. Great War ace Hermann Göring and Adolf Hühnlein, later NSKK leader were among the most prominent members of the Ring der Nationalen Kraftfahrt und Luftfahrtbewegung.

The Honor Badge of the Association of the National Motoring and Aeronautics Movement was introduced in three classes, gold, silver and bronze.

To make the picture complete here’s the list of all the badges of the RKL in decreasing order:

1. Sports Wreath in gold and silver (Sportkranz in Gold / in Silber).

2. Sports eagle in gold and silver (Sportadler in Gold / in Silber).

3. Honor badge in gold, silver and bronze (Ehrennadel in Gold / in Silber / in Bronze).

4. Service eagle in bronze and black metal (Dienstadler in Bronze / in Schwarz).

5. Membership badge (Mitgliedsabzeichen).

Ehrennadel had a shape of an eagle topped with the Imperial crown and with a fluffed out tail between his legs. It had stretched straight wings that were extended in a way to form stylized wings with a span of 24 mm. Abbreviation of the Ring der Nationalen Kraftfahrt und Luftfahrtbewegung executed in raised Gothic letters (“RKL”) was put on the eagle itself, “R” on the left wing, “K” on his chest, and “L” on his right wing. An eagle was superimposed on a vertical diamond-shaped frame measuring 20x12 mm, with his legs resting on its lower portion.

Ehrennadel had gilt, silver or bronze finish depending on its class.

The Honor Badge of the Association of the National Motoring and Aeronautics Movement was worn on the lapel of the civil suit and was attached with a long needle soldered to the central part of the reverse.

Ehrennadel was issued to the members of the RKL during the Weimar Republic era and early years of the Third Reich. Though activities of the Ring der Nationalen Kraftfahrt und Luftfahrtbewegung went out slowly after NSDAP came to power in 1933, the badge was allowed to be worn publicly after that date.

 

Ehrennadel