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During our research on various Medals, Insignia & Badges it became apparent that I was having to look up items and re-type this text in the item description.  After  looking up and re-typing information a few times it finally dawned on me that I needed this page.  Our plan is to continue to add information regarding awards or any other valuable information ( tidbits, myths, rumors and facts ).  We hope this will help all who visit our Web Site.

     GAU  Munich Commemorative Badge 9th November 1923

A small badge, only 35 mm in diameter, was awarded by the Munich Gau of the N.S.D.A.P. in 1933 to those who had participated in the unsuccessful uprising of the 9th November 1923. It is in the form of a round wreath of oak leaves enclosing a swastika in the center of which is the date 1933. On a scroll around the wreath are the words “Und Ihr Habt Dock Gesiegt” (And yet you have conquered ). It is interesting to note that this is the same motto as on the “Blood Order” which, the following year, was to supersede it.  It is in one class only, bronze, and was worn on the left breast pocket of Party uniforms.  Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins. 


    1929 Nuremburg Badge Of Honor

The 1st Nazi Party Day was held at Munich in January 1923, and was a very small affair as were the two subsequent ones, held respectively at Weimar in July 1926, and at Nuremberg in August 1927. But the 4th Party Day held in Nuremberg on 2nd - 4th August 1929, was on a much larger scale with some 60,000 men and 2,000 H.J. boys taking part. It was the occasion for a patriotic ceremony of remembrance for the dead of the 1st World War, but was also remarkable for a number of violent clashes with the communists. This was to be the last Party Day until the Nazis came to power in 1933.  Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.


    DRL Sports Badges

Hitler considered this the one award all German's should have.  The DRL Sports Badge Replaced the DRA Sports Badge in 1937.  The difference being the addition of a Swastika.  The badge was awarded in (3) grades Bronze, Silver and Gold.  To qualify for the Bronze grade a men or women had to be between the ages of 18 and 32.  They also had to past all (5) parts of a rigorous physical test within a 12 month period to qualify for the Bronze Grade.  The (5) physical tests were in Swimming, Jumping, Running, Weight Throwing and Speed.  e.g. The Speed Test for men consisted of running 10,911 yards in 50 minutes, or swim 1,091 yards in 29 minutes or cycle 12.5 miles in 45 minutes.  The requirements for women were less rigorous. 

The second level of the DRL Sports Badges was the Silver Grade.  To achieve this level the recipient had to be between the ages of 18 and 32.  They have had to have tested and passed the criteria for the Bronze Grade and they have had to passed the same test for an additional 8 years ( they did not have to be consecutive ).  Or they could be between 32 and 40 and passed the (5) part physical test within 12 months.  Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.

The third level of the DRL Sports Badges was the Gold Grade.  The badge in Gilt was awarded to recipients of the DRL Silver Grade and they were able to pass the (5) part physical test for an additional (7) consecutive years.  Or the badge could be awarded for those who were past the age of 40 who passed the (5) part physical test within 12 months.  Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.

As the War evolved and the number of "War Disabled" grew  a special version of the DRL Badge was instituted on 18/11/1942 for the members of the armed forces who "in spite of considerable disability managed to attain the average level of proficiency in the performance or test  / exercise for those with that type of disability."  This badge is the same as the other DRL Badges except the DRL is in Silver and the Wreath and Swastika is in Gold.

 Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.


    SA Sports Badges

 Were awarded to both military and non military personnel.  The badge was awarded in three grades Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The badge could be awarded to all Germans provided they comply with Race and Weltanschauung ( World View ) of the National Socialist Ideal.  Initially it could be awarded for passing a single test.  However on March 18th 1937 a decree issued by Hitler stating  "In order to ensure military fitness to an advanced age, I empower the Commander In Charge of the S.A. to make possession of the S.A. Sports Badge dependent on repeated exercises."  The exercises were divided into three groups, these were Physical Exercises, Defense Exercises and Field Exercises.  To retain the award the tests / exercises had to be passed each year, failure to do so would result in forfeiture.  To qualify for the award the person had to be 17 - 35 years of age and they had to pass all the tests within a period of 12 months.  Once the recipient was awarded the Bronze Grade they would have to qualify annually for 5 years and be less then 35 years of age to receive the Silver Grade.  To advance to the Gold Grade the recipient had to qualify for an additional 6 years.  Men over 40 years of age could test and if they completed all the 3 phases of the test / exercises within 12 months they could be awarded the Gold Grade.

Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.


    Stahlhelm Badge

Officially known as the Commemorative Badge Of The "Steel Helmet" Organization.  The Stahlhelm was a veterans Organization founded on December 25th 1918.  They played an important part in Hitler's rise to power.  In July 1933 the Stahlhelm was incorporated into the SA.  Later in 1935 the organization lost it's identity.  The badges offered here are the 30mm across.  The badge were made in Silver, Silver Plated and German Silver (aka Alpaca) and marked accordingly.  Each badge was numbered and all were maker marked by the prestigious firm of Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdescheid.

  Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.


    Wound Badge

Was awarded in (3) grades or types, Black, Silver and  Gold ( aka Gilt ).  The first grade or Black was awarded for being wounded once or twice.  The Silver grade was awarded for being wounded three or four times. Finally the Gold grade was awarded for being for being wounded five or more times ( ouch )!  There were exceptions to the actual number of wounds that were based on the severity of the wound.  The Silver grade could be awarded for being wounded once if the wound involved the loss of a hand, foot or eye, or if it resulted in near total deafness.  The Gold could be awarded for one wound if it resulted in total disablement or permanent blindness.  Ref, Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich by Littlejohn and Dodkins.

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