Sports Awards

 

Sturmabteilung (SA) - Sports Award

 

The Sturmabteilung (SA) Sports award was issued between the years 1933 and 1945. It was a political version of the much more generic German Sports Badge which was also issued in great numbers by the NSDAP.
The badge was issued in three grades (bronze, silver, and gold) as well as a special version known as the "SA Sports Badge for War Wounded". The wounded version was implemented in 1940 for those military veterans of the Wehrmacht who had been wounded in combat and could no longer perform the physical feats required for the normal SA Sports Badge. The wounded version of the badge was designed with different criteria and only those rated with a disability could qualify for the badge.

Although originally designed as a physical fitness badge for Nazi stormtroopers, the SA Sports Badge was issued across every German military and paramilitary organization. Indeed, the SS held the SA Sports Badge in high regard, and many of its senior members, Heinrich Himmler, Karl Wolff, and Arthur Nebe among them, qualified for the decoration. The badge was also commonly issued to the Wehrmacht and was one of the few political decorations that the armed forces allowed to freely be displayed on a military uniform (other such decorations included the Blood Order and the Golden Party Badge).

 

Award Criteria

Leibesübungen (Physical Fitness) 100m Sprint, long-throw, shot-put, 300m walk


Grund
übungen (Basic exercises) Small caliber shooting, 25km ruck-march, club (Stick grenade shaped) tossing


Gel
ändesport (Field exercises)

 

 

SA - Sport badges set

SA - Sports Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold

 

SA - sport badge for the disabled

SA - Sports Award for the disabled

 

SA lapel pin

SA - Sports badge lapel pin for civilian attire

 

 

SA Sports Badge in wear

SA - sports badge in wear

 

 

 

 

German Sports Award

 

The German Sports Badge, also known as the "German National Sports Badge" was first created in the year 1913 and is one of the oldest awards of Germany still in active circulation.

The Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (DRL) was established on 27th July 1934 as the official sports governing body of the Third Reich

Between 1934 and 1939, the German Sports Badge was overshadowed by an almost identical decoration, the SA Sports Badge which was a sports badge issued by the Nazi Party. Even so, the German Sports Badge was still regarded as an important qualification badge, and both the SA Sports Badge and German Sports Badge could both be earned and worn, on the uniform, at the same time.

The SS considered the German Sports Badge of particular importance and the decoration was one of nine awards which were listed on the front of all SS service records with spaces for qualification dates. Regulations of the Allgemeine-SS required a prospective SS candidate to qualify for both the German Sports Badge and the SA Sports Badge during a six month probationary period upon joining the SS. Notable SS recipients of the German Sports Badge include Reinhard Heydrich, Joseph Mengele, Hermann Fegelein and Amon Göth

 

Award Criteria

 

Disciplines

Swimming

50m or 200m swim

Jumping power

High-jump or Long-jump or Pommel horse or leap frogging

Speed

50m/75m/100m/400m/1000m run, 300m/500m bicycling or 300m/500m inline-skating or Ice-skating

Physical strength

Stone or shot-put, 100m swim or Shooting sports, Bench press or weightlifting, Canoeing or rowing

Endurance

800m/1000m/2000m/3000m/5000 run, 5000m/10000m inline-skating, 10 kilometers walk, 7 kilometers Walking/Nordic Walking, 20 kilometers bicycling, 600m/1000m swim cross-country skiing or Canoeing, rowing, ice-skating

 

 

National Sports Badges

 

The German Sports Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold

 

National Sports award for the disabled

The German Sports Award for the war wounded and disabled

 

 

The Sports Badge in wear

The German Sports Badge in wear - Silver

 

DRL/SA Sports badges in wear

SA - Sports Badge and German Sports Badge in wear

 

 

 

 

Non-portable awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very early sports award to members of the police who took part in a three day sports event in August 1933.
 
What makes this award a rather rare piece is that it depicts Hermann Göring (the then Minister of the Interior for Prussia, head of the police force and founder of the infamous Gestapo) on one side.
 

 

 

 
 
The cased award is, as can be seen on the rim of the award, made by the firm E. Ferdinand Wiedmann, Frankfurt am Main.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Award to a member of the S.A. Gruppe Niederrhein for the 100m sprint during the 3 day sports event 16-18 June 1939

 

 

 

 

 

The label on the reverse of the cased award shows the maker to be Steinhauer & Lück - Lüdenscheid

 


 

 

 

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