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National Air Raid Protection League 1933-1945 (Germany)

Reichsluftschutz Bund, RLB

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[National Air Protection League 1935-1945 (Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé

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RLB was a civil defence organization founded in 1935 on the order of Hermann Göring.

Marcus Wendel, 1999

Later variant with red field and black swastika

[National Air Protection League 1935-1945, later variant with red field and black swastika (Germany)]
by Matt Creelman, 26 February 2002

I have a flag which was brought back from Germany in 1945 by a U.S. veteran. The best assumption thus far is that it is a flag of some civil unit but the color is not typical police or fire which would lead me to believe more of a local government. It was taken from the front of one of the houses used as a billet by the 10th Armored Division's Artillery Wire Section in Heidelburg, Germany in late March/early April 1945.

Matt Creelman, 26 February 2002

The insignia is that of the Reichsluftschutzbund (National Air Raid Protection League). Almost certainly, the flag is connected with that organization. However, all flags and arm bands that I can recall were blue — sometimes medium, sometimes sky blue.

Norman Martin, 27 February 2002

I sent the above picture to the German Flaggenkunde mailing list. Jürgen Rimann confirmed, what we had suggested already, namely that this is a flag of the Reichsluftschutzbund. The first variant (blue one) is the one at the top, the second variant was that red one.

Marcus Schmöger, 7 April 2002