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German Hunting Society 1934-1945 (Third Reich, Germany)

Reichsbund Deutsche Jägerschaft

Last modified: 2005-09-10 by santiago dotor
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[German Hunting Society 1934-1945 (Third Reich, Germany)] 3:5
by Santiago Dotor

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This webpage shows the flag of the Deutsche Jägerschaft, the Third Reich's 'German Hunting Society'. It is a rather striking flag, with a massive stylized stag head, a sunburst with swastika and the letters 'D. J.'.

S. Smith, 17 January 2001

The Deutsche Jägerschaft was led by a Reichsjägermeister (Reich hunting master), a position held by Hermann Göring. I believe that the current equivalent organisation is the Deutsche Jagdschutzverband (DJV).

Santiago Dotor, 11 April 2002

I checked on this in Heering and Hüsken, Handbuch der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945 which I picked up somewhere in western Germany (in Bonn, I think) in 1985. They show a Reichsbund Deutsche Jägerschaft (RDJ) which has the indicated symbol. In addition it shows a Deutscher Jägerbund (DJB) with an insignia similar to that of the RDJ except having a cross instead of the swastika and sunburst and with an imperial crown between the antlers. One of the three pins illustrated in Heering and Hüsken has the date 1934. I suspect that the DJB is older than the RDJ and if things went the way it usually did in the Third Reich, I would expect that the DJB would have merged into the RDJ sometime in the mid 1930s (but I have no independent confirmation).

Norman Martin, 11 April 2002