Product Description: The SS Sport Shirt Emblem is probably the largest piece of SS uniform insignia that was ever manufactured. This one is a great, representative example. It’s a circular patch, made with Bevo machine weaving. The front of the patch features the runic emblem of the SS, in black thread on a round white field with two black outlines. There is some normal age toning and a couple of spots of discoloration, but no major damage or issues. The reverse of this SS sport shirt emblem has the backing fabric neatly folded and stitched into place, just as it would have been worn on a shirt. There is some mottled discoloration to the reverse, that hints that this example may have been used. It remains a solid, complete and visually very impressive piece of SS regalia, 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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