Product Description: This DAF Sport Shirt Emblem is an attractive example of a tough-to find patch. These patches were worn on sports uniforms by personnel of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, the German national labor union during the Third Reich. The front of this Bevo machine woven patch has the toothed gear and large swastika organizational emblem of the DAF, boldly executed in black on a white background. This is an issued, worn example that was carefully removed from a DAF sports shirt. The edge even still retains some of the original stitching that was used to apply this to the shirt. The reverse of this DAF Sport Shirt Emblem shows how the original backing was neatly folded, when this was sewn on. The condition rates as excellent, with no stains or holes, and only very minor age toning. It looks like it was folded in half at one point. This pattern of patch has a lot of eye appeal and is not commonly found.
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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