Product Description: This Böhmen und Mähren Sport Shirt Emblem is an extremely rare piece of insignia. It was intended to be worn by personnel of Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren (Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia) in occupied Czechoslovakia. It’s textbook, Bevo woven construction. The front of this seldom-seen sports shirt patch features a Czech rampant lion on a shield, flanked on both sides by a decorative leaf-and berries motif. This emblem is executed in white and blue thread, on a white shield. The white shield is on a thin, rectangular, rayon backing. The reverse of this Böhmen und Mähren Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the machine weaving, with the emblem visible in reverse as is typical. This one is unissued and unused, never sewn on a uniform. It’s clean and crisp, with only extremely slight age toning to the white fabric, and no holes or damage. The condition is near mint. This is certainly among the most rare of the German sport shirt emblems, seldom offered for sale.
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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