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    Garry, agree the naming of the Bann is odd. I will look through my books tonight to find more information. I do recall reading the passage that you quoted in your post. Hopefully I will find something interesting regarding this Bann.

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    Was Lauterbacher's opinion widely held or was he trying to hog the glory for making the HJ what it was?
    Hitler seemed to have a lot of sentimentality for people who were with him in the old days (see people like Bruno Gesche). So I would have thought a nod to the Jungsturm would have been appropriate in some form or other, even if it was not strictly speaking a precursor to the actual HJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatBateman View Post
    So these are like a salute to the people who were in Jungsturm Adolf Hitler? That is really very cool. Now if only we could get someone to show some original Jungsturm insignia

    I have found this badge by Hermann Historica, sold recently. Here is his explanation. What do you think about it?.
    Badge of the Jungsturm Hitler
    example for Adolf Hitler from the inheritance of Adolf Lenk (1903 - 1987).
    Stamped silver with continuous "9. NOV. Jungsturm Hitler 1921/1923", the reverse with silver punch and engraving "UNSERM FÜHRER ADOLF HITLER IN TREUE GEWIDMET MÜNCHEN 9. NOV. 33" (To our FÜhrer Adolf Hitler Given in Loyalty). Weight 23.8 g. Included is the original brown case with red velvet liner. Further, three books, two by Hans Zöberlein with dedication to (tr) "old fighter and Party comrade Lenk", the book "Die junge Kameradschaft" with a long dedication from the HJ District Leader of Nuremberg (tr) "To the leader of former Jungsturm Adolf Hitler comrade Lenk on the day of a..."
    The offered badge comes from the estate of the initiator and youth leader of "Jungsturm Hitler" Adolf Lenk, and according to his statement the badge was ordered by him as a gift of honour, for the "Führer" in order to give it to him on the anniversary of 9 November 1933. Lenk states that Hitler received the gift, but returned it to Lenk a few days later with the brief explanation that he could not accept it.
    As soon as Adolf Lenk came of age, he joined the NSDAP on 16 February 1921, as a result of his pressure in 1920 he had been entrusted by then DAP party chief Anton Drexler with the establishment of a youth movement. Lenk took part with his brother in the attempted putsch of November 1923, and following the ban on the Nazi party he proceeded with indifferent success to attempt to establish various youth organisations. After the fascist takeover of power, Lenk became an SA leader and made several attempts to be recognised by high leadership as a founder of the Hitler Youth, but instead this had the effect of making him extremely unpopular. This was the likeliest reason for Hitler's refusal to accept the badge. In 1941 Lenk was excluded from the NSDAP for unauthorised wearing of the Blood Order (despite the fact that he was a participant, no award had ever followed).

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