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N045475 HJ SPORTS SHIRT. (Sporthemd)

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. 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]).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A second pattern sports shirt, for boys, introduced in October of 1933. Whereas the first pattern, used by both the HJ and BDM, had the HJ diamond and swastika sewn to its front, this features a machine woven, black, mobile swastika (one small hole), on a 9.5cm square cotton diamond, sewn over two, 4cm wide, parallel red stripes, which are printed across both the front and back of the shirt, with a separation between them. The ribbed white cotton shirt itself is in the form of a "tank top". The shirt has several light stains, and shows the expected age yellowing. A white RZM oil tag is sewn to the bottom or the interior, as well as a small fabric tag with the number five embroidered to it. The chest measures 34". Nice example, good strong colors.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $540.00

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