Product Description: This DLV Flyers Pin is a really attractive piece of early NSDAP regalia. The beautiful red and black enamel together with the silver finished metal, creates an appearance reminiscent of the Nazi Party membership pin. This DLV Flyers Pin features the winged swastika organizational emblem of the DLV. The front of the pin retains nearly all of the original silver finish, and shows only very light wear. The black and translucent red enamel is pristine. The reverse features loads of finish and a less common “buttonhole” type attachment that would enable this to be worn on civilian clothes. It’s clearly marked with the manufacturer name of Wilhelm Deumer in Ludenscheid, later a prodigious manufacturer of war badges. It’s also marked “Ges. Gesch.” indicating this was a legally protected design. This DLV Flyers Pin is a lovely example of a less commonly seen enameled pin.
Historical Description: The Deutscher Luftsportverband (DLV) was an organization created by the NSDAP in March, 1933. The “Sport” in the name helped to conceal the fact that the DLV were not really a sport organization, but rather was made up of units that conducted military flight training- specifically, the training of military pilots, contravening the Treaty of Versailles stipulation that Germany was not to have any air force. The head of the DLV was Hermann Göring, and Ernst Röhm was the deputy chief. The organization was formed from a number of pre-existing flight clubs. The various SA “Fliegersturm” units were disbanded, and their personnel rolled into the DLV, with an increased focus on military style flight training rather than air sports. The DLV was a uniformed organization, and wore uniforms similar to that of the SA, but with distinctive insignia and rank structure. In 1937, the DLV was disbanded; the successor organization was the Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK).
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