Product Description: There were two types of Luftwaffe Eagle Sport Shirt Emblem, a large type and a small type. This is the small type, which is quite a bit harder to find than the larger version. This one is unissued, and in excellent condition. This Luftwaffe Eagle Sport Shirt Emblem features a bold-looking flying eagle and swastika Luftwaffe emblem, Bevo woven in black thread on a triangular white field, on a thin backing fabric (probably rayon). The back of the patch shows a negative image of the design, as is typical. This patch is complete, and shows only very slight age toning to the white fabric, with no stains, holes or other damage. This Luftwaffe Eagle Sport Shirt Emblem is a great example of a scarce 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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