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WWII Nazi German 1939 HJ Sporting Event Badge HJ Reichsportwettkampf Abzeichen
Item #: VF4566
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A cast alloy badge in the form of a "Tyr" rune, being an upward-pointing arrow, 47mm tall, with a gilt wash to its obverse. The edges of the obverse are raised, and within their borders are oak leaves and acorns, with "KAMPF SPIELE 1939" embossed near the center of the arrow. A vertical, metal pin-back is also present.  
Sports in the early period of the Third Reich had an underlying, subversive role as a form of military training, due to the restrictions imposed on the Germans by the Treaty of Versailles. As a result, sporting events were very highly regarded by the NSDAP, and all manner of awards were issued on a national and local level to the victorious athletes. Even after the treaty was ignored, and military conscription imposed, sporting events for the German youth were still held in high esteem as pre-military training and toughening-up exercises. From the end of 1934 onwards, Hitler Youth Sports Festivals were held throughout Germany. Originally called a "Sport-" or "Jugendfest," after 1937 they came to be known as "Reichsportwettkampf" (National-sport-competition[s]).
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
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