Product Description: This large SA Sports Shirt Emblem is an attractive and impressive piece of regalia. The front of this big Bevo machine woven patch features the angular “SA” organizational emblem of the Sturmabteilung, with the lettering “KP” at the bottom indicating SA-Gruppe Kurpfalz. It is made of white and green thread, green being the color of this SA group. The edges of this SA Sports Shirt Emblem are neatly folded and stitched in place around the edge of the circle. The back of this patch retains a great original RZM paper tag. The tag is printed in light blue ink, and has the round RZM logo of the German national quartermaster’s office, a correct “A” tax code, and the manufacturer code M4/374. The condition of this patch is fantastic, rating near mint. It has no damage of any kind, and only extremely slight age toning. It would be difficult to upgrade this desirable SA sports 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 rarer, and some sports emblems for smaller organizations, made in limited numbers, are very rare.
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