Auxiliary Service Bill
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Auxiliary Service Bill

The Gesetz über den Vaterländischen Hilfsdienst, of December 5, 1916, imposed an obligation to work on all male Germans aged between 17 and 60 engaged in reserved occupations; the sectors affected included agriculture, health services, and public authorities.

Originally demanded by the Operations Branch of the Supreme Army Command as an extension of conscription, the law was to provide for the employment of workers – including women – in armaments production (Hindenburg Program). As the Supreme Army Command did n…

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Mai, Gunther, “Auxiliary Service Bill”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0044>
First published online: 2015



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