You are bidding on a VERY RARE and BEAUTIFUL WW2 German Luftwaffe E-Stelle Rechlin Workers Badge as used to identify employees at the famous Rechlin experimental and prototype test center!
In 1935, the Rechlin airfield became the official testing ground of the newly formed Luftwaffe. The turf-surfaced site, bounded by a roughly hexagonal-layout ring road around its perimeter which still exists today, was designated Erprobungsstelle (E-Stelle) and was expanded by constructing two more airfields: a second, smaller turf-surfaced field just east of the main site in nearby Roggenthin and just south of the main site at Lärz, the latter of which became the modern 21st century airfield site. Construction work on the airfields and the accompanying barracks was partly carried out by forced labor from nearby concentration camp Ravensbrück.
Many of the Luftwaffe’s new plane models were test flown at the main turf-fielded Rechlin facilities; KG 200 with its array of captured planes was a regular guest at the airfields. After several Allied bombing runs on the Rechlin and Roggenthin airfields in 1944, testing of late-war planes was shifted just southwards to Lärz. On April 10, 1945, a final bomber attack by the US Army Air Forces almost completely destroyed the airfields; what was left was blown up by the German garrison before Soviet troops arrived at Rechlin on May 2.
In order to be employed and gain access to the various facilities, the workers would have had a security/background check. If they passed all tests and requirements, each employee would have been issued with a specific factory ID/Access tag that permitted them to enter the particular facility.
Approximately 2″ in diameter, this aluminum Rechlin Test Center Employee Tag is in SUPERB relic condition. All markings are clear to read, however there is some slight corrosion and damage as you can see in the photos. It features the official Rechlin stamp, as well as the individuals employee number. There is some slight dirt and staining, however it retains it’s original finish! Could be easily cleaned up. Sadly, it was broken in half at war’s end. A PERFECT addition to any collection or display!
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