NSKK - Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrerkorps
National Socialist Motorized-Travel Corps
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Socialist Motor Corps (German: Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrerkorps;
NSKK), also known as the National Socialist Drivers Corps, was a
paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party that existed from 1931
to 1945. The group was a successor organization to the older DDAC (Der
Deutsche Automobil-Club) which had
existed since the beginning of 1930.
The National Socialist Motor Corps was the smallest
of the Nazi Party organizations and had originally been formed as a
motorized corps of the Sturmabteilung (SA). In 1934,
the group had a membership of approximately ten thousand and was separated
from the SA to become an independent organization. This action may
have saved the NSKK from extinction, as shortly thereafter the SA suffered
a major purge during the Night
of the Long Knives.
The primary aim of the NSKK was to educate its members
in motoring skills. They were mainly trained in the operation and maintenance
of high performance motorcycles and automobiles. In the mid 1930s,
the NSKK also served as a roadside assistance group, comparable to
the modern-day American Automobile Association or the British Automobile
Membership in the NSKK did not require any knowledge
of automobiles and the group was known to accept persons for membership
without drivers' licenses. It was thought that training in the NSKK
would make up for any previous lack of knowledge. The NSKK did, however,
adhere to racial doctrine and screened its members for Aryan qualities.
The NSKK was also a paramilitary organization with its own system of
With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the National
Socialist Motor Corps became a target of the Wehrmacht for recruitment,
since NSKK members possessed knowledge of motorized transport, whereas
the bulk of the Wehrmacht relied on horses. Most NSKK members thereafter
joined the regular military, serving in the transport corps of the
various service branches.
1945, the NSKK was disbanded and the group was declared a “condemned organization” at
the Nuremberg Trials (although not a criminal one). This was due
in part to the NSKK’s origins in the SA and its doctrine of
racial superiority required from its members.