The DRL leaders dagger was introduced in February 1938 for dress wear by officers of
the rank of Wachtfuhrer and above.
The Social Welfare Officer dagger was the same as the Red Cross Dagger except for the
following features: This is all speculation based on one persons theory. There are NO
document facts to sustain this theory at all.
1)... The hanger fixings on the scabbard had square instead of round holes.
2)... The double straphangers had square pebble dash buckles, not the round buckles of
the Red Cross Officer.
3)... The dual hanger straps were grey velvet with blue aluminium facings as opposed to
the red facings of the Red Cross Officer dagger.
The dagger was 37 cm long and featured a plain pointed blade that conformed to the
Geneva Convention because it was not worn in the field.
The grip was plastic and coloured pale yellow to orange with 10 horizontal simulated
wire cords running around the grip.
The pommel and cross guard is similar in style to the Hewer and both were
nickel-plated. The cross guard had the same DRK insignia at its centre.
The scabbard had a pebbledash finish with two square or circular suspension rings.
Although the dagger ceased production in 1940 it was worn by officers until the end of
Again let me say that there are NO documented facts to sustain the theory of any such
differences and the difference may in fact be only manufacture variations and cost cutting
efforts rather than anything else.
Edited by Bruce Petrin