Product Description: The RAD Sport Shirt Emblem is one of the most eye-catching pieces of Reichsarbeitsdienst regalia, and this is an excellent, unissued, maker marked example. The front features the wheat and shovel organizational emblem of the German national labor service, Bevo machine woven on a white disk that is superimposed on a black-outlined red shield. The backing is the typical thin white fabric material. The backing is emblazoned with the “RADJ” triangular Reichsarbeitsdienst logo, “Ges. Gesch” (indicating a legally protected design) and the maker mark “E. B. & S.” The reverse of this RAD Sport Shirt Emblem has the typical, loosely woven appearance typical of Bevo type manufacture. There are no stitch holes or any other indication that this patch was ever sewn to anything. It shows slight age, with toning to the white backing and a couple of minor spots. It remains in excellent condition overall.
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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