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I have recently started a small collection focused on the RDB "Reichsbund der Deutschen Beamten" (State League of German Public Officials) that included all the civilian personnel who managed the intricate and highly complex administrative fabric of the Reich.

This organization was established towards the end of 1933, within the NSDAP and its objective was the administrative control of all the state organizations, the so-called Gleichschaltung (synchronization) to serve the interests of the Reich.

I hope you like it, little by little I will put all my pieces.

RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto


RDB membership card started in July 1934 with number 56,836.
At the end of 1942 the RDB had more than 1,800,200 members ...


I have not been able to decipher the work of Mr. Albert Otto ... This typeface is very complicated.

Cartilla RDB 0.jpg


Cartilla RDB 11 - copia.jpg



Cartilla RDB 9.jpg


Cartilla RDB 7.jpg


Cartilla RDB 3.jpg


Cartilla RDB 4.jpg


Cartilla RDB 1.jpg

RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto

Small photograph of 4.3cm by 6cm,
citizen wearing party insignia and pin
of the SA on the tie in addition to the RDB badge and a tiny reichsbahn pin.


Foto RDB 0.JPG


Foto RDB 01.JPG


Foto RDB 02.JPG


Foto RDB 03.JPG


RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto


Badge with unknown NR marking and code Ges Gesch "gesetzlich geschützt" (legally permitted / protected by law)



Insignia RDB nr 0.jpg


Insignia RDB nr 2.jpg


Insignia RDB nr 3.jpg


Insignia RDB nr 5.jpg


RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto


New postcard-size photograph of an RDB member and his family.
The young soldier in the photograph has turned out to be a member of the Volkssturm, specifically a Kompanieführer ( Head of Company )


Miembro RDB 1.jpg


Miembro RDB 2.jpg


Miembro RDB 3.jpg


Miembro RDB 4.jpg


Miembro RDB 5.jpg


to be continue...


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Dear Scowen

Nine years ago I started a similar collection, but the crisis came to Spain and shortly after I had to abandon collecting and sold all the pieces ...

Now I regret it.

As if that were not enough, the server where I had all the photos deleted almost all of them.


I got to have an eagle of the first version like the one you show us .....

Now I do not know if one day I will be able to get a similar piece, in these years I have only seen 4 :


-The one I had and sold.

-One for sale in Huesken for an exorbitant price for me and another in Militaria321 also unattainable for my economy.


My project with this collection is for two years, I hope to expand it little by little.


You also have a WONDERFUL photo of an RDB member, it will be fantastic if he shares it here.


Thanks for his input.

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RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto

Here you have the RDB identification card of the 2nd model, more attractive and somewhat more elaborate than the first type.

This model appears from 1941 to 1942.

It is a card measuring 13cm by 9.08cm, on cardboard and with a beautiful emblem of the RDB insignia.

Tarjeta Color RDB 0.jpg


The card belonged to Karl Huster, barely 16 years old and Student.


Tarjeta Color RDB 1.jpg

At the end of 1942, the RDB already had more than 1.800.000 members.


These cards usually have a single number at the bottom that I don't even know what they meant.

Administrative Region or similar?
So far I have seen these numbers:

1 - Kempten "Gau Westmark" - Dresden "Gau Sachsen"
2 - Auerbach "Gau Sachsen"
3 - Minden "Westfalen-Nord"
10 - Dirschau "Danzig – Westpreußen"
13 - Halle "Gau Sachsen"


Tarjeta Color RDB 2.jpg


Approximate translation of the document:

This card serves as identification for members of the RDB.
It must be kept with care, its loss must be notified immediately to the RDB
The fraudulent use in the management of social benefits of this identification will be immediately reported to the RDB.
In the event of death, the owner of this card must have the membership fees up to date to enjoy all the social benefits


Tarjeta Color RDB 3.jpg


to be continue...

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RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto

Here you have the RDB identification card of the 1st model

Mitgliedskarte - Identification card / card

Vor und Zuname - Name and Surname

Amtsbezeichnung - Title / Position

Wohnort - Residence / Address


Cartilla 1 RDB.jpg


1937 card with member number: 632078 belonging to Hermann Leister, born 12/01/1885 and assistant to the Post Office.


Cartilla 1 RDB 0.jpg


Cartilla 2 Rdb 01.jpg


1940 card with member number: 1421808 belonging to Alois Sommer , born 13/2/1874 and groom (¿ Person riding a horse in front of the carriages ?)


Cartilla 2 Rdb 0.jpg



The numbered cards of RDB members of the 1st model range from 1936 to 1940, when the color cards of the 2st model were created.

For some unknown reason, the numbers on these cards are not always correlative depending on their date.

We can find a 1937 card with a lower number than a 1936 card ...



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RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto


RDB member and his family, the man wears traditional costume in Austria called Trachten.

Curiously, he wears an RDB insignia from the first version, a larger eagle with an older design.

The 1st model RDB Insignia is from the early 1930s, without RZM marking, only Ges Gesch. marking (Gesetzlich Geschutz) legally protected.



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Size: 2.04cm by 1.09cm. versus the 2.02cm by 1.05cm of the 2nd version badges.

Its main characteristics are:
- Larger than the rest of the badges
- Different stripes on each wing, the lines are different on the right wing and the left wing.
- Plumage engraved on neck and wings.
- Strong and short bill with marked nostril
- The claws seem collected and do not come out of the swastika, they end at an angle.
- Rear hitch formed by a metal piece added on the pin and welded to the badge, the rest of the pieces have the pin directly welded.

This piece is larger and the design is more sober.


foto RDB 8 - copia.jpg


foto RDB 8.jpg


L&H Bradux paper.

* The first RDB Insignia model that I show is, unfortunately, no longer in my collection.


Foto RDB 6.jpg


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Sorry for my late reply, I have not had much time over the holidays to get online.


Some wonderful items you have & the information is very interesting, thank you.


I believe that you wanted me to post my portrait photo here?







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RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto

Badge with unknown NR marking and code Ges Gesch "gesetzlich geschützt" (legally permitted / protected by law) in a curious version of buttonhole in German called "Knopfloch Dekoration" or "Knopflochspange"

The RDB badge is very small and its pin usually measures only 1.06 cm, so pinning it on clothing should not be easy.



RDB BOTON 01.jpg












The option of using a buttonhole on the jacket is very comfortable.


boton 1.jpg


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boton 3.jpg



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Thank you for your words Mr. dj Joe


RDB Collection by Gefreiter Otto

Membership badge (Tinnie) :

Hermann Neef
Kassel 27/28. 6 1936

At the moment I have identified 6 meetings or rallies of the RDB of which there are membership badges :

- 1.Bez. Beamtentreffen Zwickau 14,15/4/1934 RDB
- "Gautagung Hannover RDB 1935 - Erst deutsch dann Beamter"
- RDB Gautreffen D.Pomm. Beamten in Sttetin 6.u.7 apr. 1935
- 1-11-1936 RDB Beamtentreffen in Schleswig-Holstein Lubeck
- Beamten Kundgebung Hermann Heef Kassel 27/28. 6 1936 RDB GAU KURHESSEN
- Pommerchers Beamtentag Stettin 9,11/4/1937 RDB

The insignia is made of green Bakelite, measuring 3.5cm by 5.5cm.

"Polyoxybenzylmethylene glycolanhydride", better known as bakelite , was the first plastic made from synthetic components. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907.

The manufacturer is BEBRIT: Bebrit-Preßstoffwerke GmbH in Bebra, Bebra is a small town in the district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg in the state of Hesse.
The company used the trade names Bebrit and Rulit for its phenol and urea-formaldehyde resins.

The products included parts for electrotechnical, radio and optical articles, but also fashion accessories and decorative and kitsch objects.

The Manager of the BEBRIT firm was Erich Braun, who joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party NSDAP with number 95,912 and who also became a member of the SA.
Erich Braun founded the local group NSDAP Bebra and was its local group leader.

The number 63 is not identified, the BEBRIT Firm had the license number 22 of of the German Bakelite Manufacturers Codes.

Without a doubt, this is at the moment the Best piece of my Collection.



Tinnie RDB bakelita 1.jpg


Tinnie RDB bakelita 3.jpg


Tinnie RDB bakelita 5.jpg


Tinnie RDB bakelita 6.jpg

Tinnie RDB bakelita 7.jpg


Tinnie RDB bakelita 8.jpg


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Hermann Neef (born September 2, 1904 in Templin ; † November 18, 1950 in Berlin ) was a German chief customs secretary and member of the Reichstag at the time of National Socialism .
Neef joined the NSDAP (membership number 9.249) in the early 1920s and became a member of the SA in 1923 .

From October 1933 until the end of the war, he was also leader RDB with title of Reichsbeamtenführer.



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I would greatly appreciate any information about the RBD, I've only been with this collection for a few months and there is much to discover.


Here you can see some TINNIES of the RDB


01 - copia.jpg


Thanks so much for looking.



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