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    Reichssieger in the Reichsberufswettkampf 1937

    The 1938 and 1939 Reichssieger badges are rare birds. Rarer still are the 1944 Reichssieger badges but the rarest of all are pre-1938 Reichssieger badges. I'm lucky enough to own a set including the handwritten award folder with the original signatures of von Schirach and Robert Ley so I thought you might enjoy seeing it. I was able to get in touch with a local historian who knew this boy's family so here's some background on him:

    Alfred Hecheltjen III was born in 1919 in the small town of Brünen in northern Germany. The family mill had been in the family since 1837 and it was Alfred's father who eventually turned it into the most modern in Germany at the time. This achievement was recognised in 1938 by the award of the title 'NS-Musterbetrieb'.

    Alfred Hecheltjen III completed his miller apprenticeship between 1934 and 1937 at the family mill and competed in the 1937 Reichsberufswettkampf where he eventually became the Reichssieger in his trade group in the finals in Munich.

    His later military service ended in captivity and he eventually returned in early 1946 after which he ran the mill with his father before taking over completely on his father's retirement in 1969. He himself retired in 1984 and handed over the reigns to his son Alfred Hecheltjen IV. Alfred IV went on to almost repeat his father's achievement in 1966 when he placed second in the 'Bundesmeisterschaft' (National Championship).

    Alfred Hecheltjen III died in 2006.

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    Very great set and piece of history thansk for showing Garry.

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    allways loved this set gar

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    Garry, thanks for showing one of the nicest HJ groupings in a collection. This one is top dog, I love it.

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    My jaw just dropped ...Wow.
    Thanks again for posting .

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    Dude, you are either rich or spend all spare money on HJ stuff. Dazzling :001_wub:

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    :) That's why I had to put the brakes on Pat. I'm not rich and the chase was just getting too expensive. Thanks all for your nice comments

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    that is a very nice grouping you show here gary well done a keeper for sure

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    Cheers Ewan

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    Very nice Garry, I like reading the history behind these !


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