Land Police Sports Shirt

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This Land Police Sports Shirt is a great example of a really tough Polizei uniform item to find. The sports shirt itself is a textbook, standard issue “tank top” style in smooth cotton. There are no markings on the shirt. The front of the shirt has a large, machine applied, Bevo machine woven emblem, with the wreathed eagle and swastika German Polizei emblem in black and green thread (indicating land police) on a white background. The shirt and insignia are both in excellent condition, with only minor, typical age toning to the white fabric, and no holes or significant damage of any kind. This Land Police sports shirt has a lot of visual appeal. These are only rarely 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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