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This is a German WWII Bronze Sports badge. It later became known as the "SA Defense Badge". This badge was first introduced by Ernst Rohm on November 28th 1933. Initially issued to SA and SS personnel. On february 15th 1935 Hitler introduce two other levels of the award and expanded its eligibility to cover all nationals.

The Sport badge was produced in three different grades: Bronze, Silver and gold. The sample shown here is the Bronze grade.

The badge consisted of a sword pointing up placed on top of a wreath. It was awarded after successfullt passing a test. The award was retained by maintaining a clean record in National Socialism. The physical test consisted of three components: Gymnastics, self defense and agricultural field service.

BRONZE Successfully passed an educational and physical program.
SILVER Awarded to those holding the Bronze badge for five years and participated and passed the annual requirements. The individual would have to be 35 years of age or older.
GOLD Individuals holding the Silver badge for Six years and successfully participated in the annual requirements. Recipient had to be over the age of 40.
Ernst Julius Röhm, (November 28, 1887 – July 2, 1934) was a German officer in the Bavarian Army and later an early Nazi leader. He was a co-founder of the Sturmabteilung ("Storm Battalion"; SA), the Nazi Party militia and later was the SA commander. In 1934, as part of the Night of the Long Knives, he was executed on Hitler's orders as a potential rival.

Rohm was the person who authorized the creation of the Sports badge.

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The design of the badge consists of an oval shaped wreath with a sword going from the bottom to the top. The handle is located in the lower part of the wreath. Both, the tip and the handle protrude beyond the boundries of the wreath. The handle of the sword is ribbed.

A swastika is placed in the center of the wreath and it is partially covered by the sword.

A vertical bronze pin was provided as a means to attach the badge to the tunic. The pin would be passed through loops (Two or more) that were sewn to the chest area of the jacket. Several markings were placed stamped on the back of the badge. Most of them were done with raised letters. A serial number is found on one side of the wreath.

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  1. FAQ's
  2. Sports Badge Anatomy
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. LDO manufacturing codes
  6. Construction materials
  7. Pins, hinges and other
  8. Perspective view
  9. Purchasing a WWII German badge

The soldier wore the badge on the uniform tunic. It was secured in place by passing the badge's pin through a series of loops, two or more, that were sewn in the jacket.

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Collecting Third Reich memorabilia is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Europe bringing back military souvenirs. German soldiers wore many of their awards on their uniforms when they went to battle. Once the soldier was killed or captured, the American soldiers would take the awards as war trophies. Eventually all these pieces came back to the United States where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.

"I am trying to figure out if I should get into collecting Sport badges."

Determining which badges to collect can be a challenging decision. The combination of availabiilty and cost will often set the pace of what can be collected.

The adjacent table outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of collecting the Sports badge.

This award is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.

If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Badges and Awards identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.


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Value $120.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade A A A A A A

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