Product Description: This 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Eagle Sport Shirt Emblem is a really attractive, eye-catching piece. It is the large version of the Luftwaffe sports shirt emblem, likely the largest of all of the Bevo woven Luftwaffe eagles. This is the early “droop tail” version, more rare than the later ones, and probably dating from the 1930s. The front of this 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Eagle Sport Shirt Emblem features a large, flying German Air Force eagle and swastika emblem, Bevo machine woven in black thread on a triangular white field. This one was sewn on a sports shirt, with the thin rayon backing trimmed and folded behind the woven emblem. There are stitch holes around the edge where the original machine stitching that affixed this to a shirt, was carefully removed. The reverse of this 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Eagle Sport Shirt Emblem shows the eagle in reverse. There is some age toning to the white fabric, but no major staining or damage to note. The condition is excellent. This is a nice example, that was actually used.
Historical Description: Physical fitness and competition were two concepts that were highly valued in the ideology of the Third Reich. All kinds of sports clubs and organizations flourished in the years before WWII, with larger Reich level organizations supervising athletics, promoting events and issuing awards for sport achievement. The various Nazi era civil, political, military and paramilitary organizations also promoted or even mandated exercise and sports for their members. To facilitate this, these organizations instituted sport uniforms, which typically included sport shoes, and for warm weather, shorts and a knit tank top with a woven emblem specific to that organization. In cold weather, the sport uniform generally included dark colored knit trousers and a sweatshirt, usually also with the sports-specific organizational emblem. The woven organizational emblem patch used on the sports patch was often a rather large patch, making these appealing souvenirs for Allied troops as they swept into Germany. Some types of the sports patches are very common today, though intact sports clothing is rarer, and some sports emblems for smaller organizations, made in limited numbers, are very rare.
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