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Organistion Information - National Socialist Motor Corps

[Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK)]

In 1922 the NSDAP acquired a small fleet of vehicles which were used to transport SA members, personal and materials to political meetings. Ordinarily members were encouraged to offer their own vehicles if necessary. As the party grew it became necessary to organise transport in a more efficient way.

On April 1, 1930, the NSAK (Nationalsozialistisches Automobilkorps) was designated the official transportation structure of the NSDAP with Adolf Hunlein, an ex army major, taking over control of the NSAK at the end of 1930. In May 1931 the NSAK was renamed the NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps).

The primary mission assigned to the NSKK was to meet all transportation requirements of the Nazi Party. The NSKK absorbed the organic transportation branch of the SA along with all German automobile and motorcycle clubs. Although a separate formation, the NSKK retained close relations with the SA and based its own organization on that of the SA.

With the outbreak of the war, the NSKK assumed much more important responsibilities and became a valuable asset of the Nazi Party. Motorization, the Nazis maintained, won them Germany, and it would win them the world.

The Naval (Marine) NSKK was a special formation that was formed into the Motor Standarten on the Rhine and Havel rivers. During the war, an additional Motor Standarte was formed to control the bridges in the Danube area.

By 1938 the NSKK had grown to 500,00 men, mainly unpaid volunteers. It helped train mechanics, teach driving skills, and assist the Police in enforcing traffic regulations. Many of these skills were targeted at preparing recruits for service in the motorized and armoured divisions of the Wehrmacht.

The NSKK also became a vital organisation to the Wehrmacht as it prepared large transport fleets of supplies and equipment both within Germany and occupied countries.

As manpower became a problem in the later years of the war, the NSKK recruited pro Nazi personnel from occupied countries, particularly Belgium, Holland and France.

By 1943, almost all of the NSKK was on active service with either the Army or the Waffen SS.


Dagger Information Ė NSKK standard EM

The dagger worn by the NSKK in 1933 was the same as the one worn by the SA, including the brown scabbard.

In 1936, NSKK korpsfuhrer, Adolf Hunlein, ordered that the scabbards of all NSKK daggers be painted black instead of having the brown finish. The debate on these rages on even after 50 years of the facts being exposed, that the SA and the NSKK wore the same dagger and had the same Gau markings, some still canít fathom this. This is due to the lack of reading and or the lack of ability to learn. There is NO argument about this at all - its fact.

The only difference is the black paint that can vary in workmanship from looking like it was done with an old rag to a professional paint job, having the base sanded down and repainted. One point I should make is this, which is at the time spray painting was not a method used. The scabbards were dipped in a vat of black paint and polished out. So run marks on period-repainted scabbards can be found. Plus one can also throw into the mix that the paint was lead based so it chips when aged as well as crazing "small cracks in the finish." If the scabbard was pained with a paintbrush there can be brush lines too! Depending on the storage of the dagger, the paint can show the above problems and others like white oxidization, and rust. Just to name a few.

Ernst Rohm was the head of all three of the units early on. That being the SA, NSKK and the SS. Only after Rohmís death did these groups gain independence and separate leaders, like Himmler, Lutz, etc.

All other features of the dagger remained the same as the SA dagger with the additional authorization to wear a leather frog when on route marches or military exercises. The frog and vertical hanger as well as the short strap and three piece hangers were black leather rather than brown leather like the SA dagger.

As with the SA and the SS daggers, late made daggers suffered from poor quality materials.

The scabbards were finished in a thick black paint that was buffed to a high gloss.

Edited by Bruce Petrin