Hitler Youth Sport Shirt Emblem

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This Hitler Youth Sport Shirt Emblem is a really attractive piece of cloth insignia, complete with the original RZM paper tag! The front of this large, Bevo machine woven patch features the iconic diamond swastika logo of the Hitlerjugend. It’s really clean, with bright original colors, and is woven in red, white and black thread on a thin with rayon backing. Along the bottom of the diamond, on the backing, is woven the lettering “Ges. Gesch.,” indicating a legally trademarked design. The reverse of this Hitler Youth Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the woven construction. The original RZM paper tag is printed in red ink, and bears the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, the Hitlerjugend diamond logo and a correct “A” tax code. This is an unissued patch, never sewn to anything, and is in excellent condition overall, with no stains, holes or other damage. A choice example.



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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