Product Description: This Student Association Sport Shirt Emblem is a textbook original example. This pattern of insignia was worn on sports uniforms by members of the Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (National Socialist German Students’ League). This attractive patch features a large German eagle, with the diamond swastika emblem of the NSDStB. It’s Bevo, machine woven construction, woven on a backing of thin, black fabric. The reverse of this Student Association Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the machine weaving technique. The patch is in excellent condition, with no holes or other damage. The eagle emblem is very clean, with a subdued red color in the swastika, which is a trait of originals. On the backing, there are some areas with traces of old adhesive, where a tag was affixed at one time. This is a scarce and desirable patch, that displays great.
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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