Product Description: This SS Sport Shirt Emblem is a great example of a very desirable patch. This pattern of insignia was worn on sports clothing by men of all SS branches. It’s Bevo, machine woven construction. The front features a large and impressive SS runic organizational emblem, in black thread on a white disk, surrounded by an outline of two concentric circles. The reverse of this SS Sport Shirt Emblem has the edges of the thin white backing fabric neatly folded and machine stitched in place. It still retains its original paper tag, with the round RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, the SS organizational logo, and the manufacturer code M4/374. The tag remains crisp and undamaged. Overall, this sought-after patch is in excellent condition, with no stains, holes or other damage, and only extremely slight age toning to the white fabric. It is a great object for display.
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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