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6:7 image by Jaume Ollé
It used a red flag with a black Swastika in a white disk in a black
spoked wheel at the center. Ratio 6:7. Surrounded by a silver fringe (except
Norman Martin, Feb 1998
The Musterbetriebsfahne is incorrect, the cogwheel was in gold.
Information and photos available in "Labor organizations of the Reich"
by John R. Angolia and David Littlejohn.
That book lists the four ways that flag differes from the normal DAF flag:
1. The cogwheel is in gold
2. The swastika is narrower and has a white, then black outline.
3. The fringe is gold
4. The flag-pole top is gold
Marcus Wendel, 27 Dec 2006
NSBO was a left-wing Nazi trade union. It was planning to become
the only union after Hitler came to power.
In 1934 Hitler crushed the Sturmabteilung
(SA) and the left wing of the party lost all power and the NSBO never gained
any influence in the Third Reich.
Marcus Wendel, 1999
Color and letters of the rectangle on canton, uncertain.
Norman Martin, Feb 1998
The Nazis had a trade union, prior to their seizure of power.
They opposed the other trade unions, the free (loosely connected
with the Social Democrats), the Red (smaller, Communist) and the Hirsch-Dunkler
(loosely connected with the Democrats). After they took power all of these
were nationalized and merged into the German Labor Front and at first the
NSBO became a cell group within the DAF. I do not know when they closed
down, but the lists of party organizations during the 1940s seem not to
have it listed.
Norman Martin, 21 Dec 2000
Deutsche Arbeitsfront was not really a company but an organization of
NSDAP. The front was chartering ships. According to source its flag was
always hoisted together with the shipowners houseflag and a white pennant
with an inscription "Kraft durch Freude" (transl.: power by joy)
in red gothic letters. Being a party organization of NSDAP it must have
existed between 1933 and 1945 and dissolved in 1945.
Description of flag:
It is a white flag with a black gear in its centre. The gear has fifteen teeth, a fine lined red edge and a black swastika in its centre. From the outside of the gear there are four non-symmetric red bundles of twelve rays. Perhaps they are symbolizing sparks, which occur, when the gear is moving fast.
Source: Arnold KLUDAS: Die Geschichte der deutschen Passagierschiffahrt (5 vols.), Hamburg 1986; Reprint Laibach Slovenia-Buch Nr. 03617-8; flagchart p.224.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Jun 2007
Another image of the flag you can see in Hormann/Plaschke: "Deutsch
Flaggen Geschichte, Tradition, Verwendung", Hamburg/Bielefeld 2006;
ISBN 3-89225-555-5; p.143
The red rays there are denominated as a wheel of sun.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 June 2007
The flag seems homemade. It doesn't have any finials and the circle
seems a bit small. I found this
webpage that mentions the initials NSAO in a military context, "5610
a NS.- Reichsverband der deutschen Arbeitsopfer (NSAO) Mitgliedsabzeichen".
Marc Pasquin, 19 Dec 2000
This is the membership insignia of a Nazi era organisation whose
name means NS (i.e. National Socialist) National Association of German
Victims of Industrial Accidents. It was apparently not officially part
of the party - at least I have not been able to find it in lists, etc.
and it is not mentioned, as far as I can find, in the Party Organization
Book for 1943 nor in the 1939 list of organizations whose insignia are
protected by law. Oddly the abbreviation is NSAO and not as one would expect
either NSRVDA, NSRDA, NSRVDAO or NSRDAO - i.e. Reichsverband is
not abbreviated. Apparently, the same insignia was (later?) used by the
deutschen Arbeitsopfer (General Association of German Victims of Industrial
Accidents, abbreviated GDAO). The insignia on the unidentified flag roughly
corresponds to that on the membership insignia, although the disk with
the swastika is much too large and I still suspect it to be hand made.
The data above comes from Handbuch der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen
1871-1945, 1985/1986 edition.
Norman Martin, 20 Dec 2000