Product Description: The Reichsbahn Sport Shirt Emblem is a very tough patch to find. It has a unique, attractive design, with the German national eagle and swastika emblem over the winged wheel organizational logos of the German national railway. These are Bevo machine woven in silky white thread, on a light blue disk that is surrounded by two circles. This one is unissued, and retains all of the original thin white backing fabric. The reverse of this Reichsbahn Sport Shirt Emblem shows the design in reverse, as is typical. The condition of this piece is excellent. There are no holes or damage. There is one small area of discoloration on the front, and some traces of adhesive residue on the back where a tag may have been affixed at one time, as well as typical age toning. This is a rare piece of Reichsbahn regalia, that is missing from most collections.
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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