Sergio Laurenti (sergio@ASORA.CCI.ORG.AR)
Fri, 15 Dec 1995 01:19:31 -0600
>> Kevi Doyle reminds us that the swastika was in use by
>> the Ntaive Americans before the Nazi party adopted it.
>> In fact, it was the oficial insignia of the 45th.
>> Infantry before the second world war (although the
>> swastica was in the opposite direction to that which was
>> adopted by the nazi regime). The 45th. adopted the current
>> emblem of the Thunderbird in order to avoid confusion
>> during the Second World War, and have maintained thet
>> emblem since that time.
> Well here is another one for you. The Scout Association used to used
> a swastica shaped medal for their medal of Merit in Australia and
> England prior to World War 2 (it was almost identical, except it was
Baden-Powell introduced the use of Swastika as an earlier Thanks
Badge for the use of The (UK) Scout Association, and (I imagine) in
the former British dominions. The use was sanctioned and regulated in
the earlier Bye-Laws, et all. The Baden-Powells used the device
extensively in their printed paper and Christmas Cards, to the eve of
the Second World War. B-P argued lenghtly about resigning to the use
of the Swastika, on the grounds of "we (Scouts) got it first" (!).
Finally, he was conviced by reports of Scouts and Scouting
benefactors being attacked in the continent.
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