Product Description: This Veterans Association Sport Shirt Emblem is an appealing piece, in excellent condition. It’s typical Bevo machine woven construction. The front of this insignia features the eye-catching organizational emblem of the NS-Reichskriegerbund veterans’ group, with a German national swastika emblem superimposed on an Iron Cross, on a red field. The backing fabric is a thin, white rayon. The reverse of this Veterans Association Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the woven construction, with black and red threads on the white backing. This patch is unissued, and shows only typical age toning to the fabric. It’s a great representative example of a Veterans Association Sport Shirt Emblem.
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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