Product Description: This Land Police Sport Shirt Emblem is a striking and attractive piece of Polizei regalia. It’s a large, Bevo machine woven patch that was intended for wear on a sports vest. This one is unissued, unworn, never sewn to anything, and is complete with its full original backing. This Land Police Sport Shirt Emblem features a large German eagle and swastika emblem within an oval wreath of laurel leaves, the emblem of the German police. It is executed in bright green thread, on a white background, and has a bold overall look. The green color indicates Land Police. The back of this Land Police Sport Shirt Emblem shows the emblem in reverse, as is typical with Bevo construction. The overall condition is excellent, with only minor and typical age toning to the white fabric, and a couple of little smudges from handling over time. It’s a great representative example of this desirable sports shirt patch.
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 more rare, and some sports emblems for smaller organizations, made in limited numbers, are very rare.
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