Bronze DRL Sports Badge – awarded after late 1934, amazing detail looks original. Maker marked: Wernstein Jena D.R.G.M. 35269
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
10 kilometers walk,
7 kilometers Walking/Nordic Walking,
20 kilometers bicycling,
600m/1000m swim cross-country skiing or Canoeing, rowing, ice-skating