Product Description: This NSKK Sports Shirt Insignia is a large and impressive piece of insignia. This one is for motor group Ostmark. It’s rare to find these NSKK sports patches with the designation of the individual motor group like this. This patch is made of cotton and is Bevo machine woven. It depicts the distinctive eagle and swastika emblem of this organization under an “NSKK” banner, with the designation “M.-Br. Sw.” The reverse of this attractive NSKK Sports Shirt Insignia has an original RZM paper tag, which is complete and pristine. The tag has the maker code “A4/12” as well as some small pencil notations that may represent the original price. This patch is neatly folded, ready to be sewn to a sports shirt. It shows slight age toning and a bit of soiling along the bottom edge but no holes or other damage. This piece has great eye appeal and is in excellent condition.
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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