RAD Land Clearance in the Snowy Mountains

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

The photograph here shows members of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) working on land clearance, possibly in the snowy mountains of somewhere, possibly Austria, another possibility could be that this RAD battalion could be stationed with another branch of the Wehrmacht and is clearing the land for a possible building of a encampment of some kind.

As seen in the snowy conditions these young men are tasked with chopping and clearing dead wood and hard ground, using axes in the foreground they can be seen chopping away at a clump of dead wood held up by a wooden structure, some are looking up for the photograph whilst others are hard at work. The RAD members are all seen working in white drillich tunics with the RAD side caps being worn, they must be working hard to keep warm in such conditions. The Rad officer seen standing to the right is in the Rad standard uniform with political armband and “Robin Hood style” hat which was iconic and unique to the RAD. The land clearance and work the RAD were tasked with was essential for the progression of the Reich, allowing for not only housing in rural and undeveloped areas but also business but as seen here for the use of military advantage for airbases or encampments when on route.

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