Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This is a pristine, near-perfect example of the Heer Sport Shirt Emblem. It’s the final version of the Heer sports shirt eagle, with a nicely detailed, large and impressive German Army eagle and swastika emblem that is Bevo machine woven in black thread, on a white background. This is an unissued example, never sewn to a shirt. The condition is remarkable, rating near mint, with only the slightest trace of age toning to the white fabric. All of the original thin, white backing fabric is intact, and it is just as it would have been when it left the factory, with no holes, stains or other damage. The reverse of this Heer Sport Shirt Emblem shows the eagle in reverse. This is the largest Heer Bevo eagle, with lots of eye appeal. No collection of Third Reich military cloth insignia is complete without one of these big eagles.
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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