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The German Sports Badge
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:42:24 AM »
This was another badge that I was awarded while stationed in Berlin in the 80's. The German Sports Badge can trace it's history back to before the second world war.

After World War II, the German Sports Badge was continued as a federal decoration in West Germany and continued in this status after the German reunification. Today, the German Sports Badge is a civilian decoration but it can be worn as an official award of the Bundeswehr, as well as law enforcement and emergency services. The German Sports Badge is also an entry requirement for certain German Police services.

My unit had the opportunity to participate with the Polizei academy located in Berlin,Germany in doing the sporting events to become eligible to be awarded the German Sports Badge. There were several events that we had to complete to include a swimming event, several track and field events to include shot put, high jump, long jump and several distance runs to include 800 meter, 2000, 3000 and 5000 meter runs. After completion of the events we were awarded the German Sports Badge. It was not authoprized for wear on the Army uniform but it was a great opportunity to train with the German Police (Polizei). The Polizei academy (Main Berlin Police Barracks) just happened to be located next to Ruhleben Fighting City, a mock city used by British, French and US forces for Combat in Cities training..

In addition to the metal badge, we were also given the stickpin version and a BEVO weave cloth patch.

Here are some pictures of the metal sports badge..

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Re: The German Sports Badge
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 08:19:28 PM »
Nice one Smitty. Doesn't look like they haven't changed too much since "back then", for obvious reasons.  ;)
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Re: The German Sports Badge
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2015, 05:53:17 AM »
Nice one Pat..

I just picked one of those versions up a week ago..

After the unification of Germany the design changed and looks nothing like the former two badges..

I really like the design and I am happy to have the comparison piece as well..

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Re: The German Sports Badge
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2015, 07:56:20 AM »
Smitty, I don't have a ww2 Deutsches Sportabzeichen, wish I did, was just comparing.
And it also got my curiosity going and looked up East German sports badges in German eBay, they have some too. ;)
http://dsa.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_sop=16&_jsoff=1&_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=DDR-Sportabzeichen&rt=nc&LH_BIN=1
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Re: The German Sports Badge
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 06:24:43 AM »
That is another nice looking badge..

It shows that the East German government did not stray too far from the West German design..

Very nice looking example

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