N023080 HJ JUGENDFEST SPORTS AWARD PIN 1941. (HJ Reichsportwettkampf Abzeichen)

BACKGROUND: 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. A badge awarded to a Hitler Youth who had achieved an above average score in three sports contests. These badges rated higher than the "day" pins, were issued with a "Führer-Urkunde," and could be worn throughout the year.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A grey protoplastic badge in the form of the Hitler Youth diamond and swastika with a spray of oak leaves rising to either side of it from a scroll with "1941" stamped to it. Complete with original pinback device.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $59.00

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