Original German WWII NSRL National Socialist Sports Association Unit Marked Flag - 48" x 53"
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII German National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise (Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen - NSRL) Flag with a very nice Unit Marking. The flag is made of red cotton fabric, with a large white vertical stripe, which contains the NSRL logo inside a large white circle. The logo is a rectangular Reichsadler (State Eagle), which has a canted Hakenkreuz (Swastika) in the middle.
The flag measures 48 inches tall, and 53 inches wide, so it is closer to square than most. It looks like it may have at one point been shortened, as usually the logo is more off center. The corner of the flag has a very nice unit marking, embroidered onto a bullion bordered black rectangle in German Black Letter Typeface:
Gau XI - Mittelrhein
This would indicate the flag was for the 11th District/Area, the Middle Rhine area, and was specifically for the team from the town of Eschweiler. We assume that the flag was used at competitions to indicate who the group was.
The flag is very nice, but also definitely has seen quite a bit of use and wear over its life, as pictured. There are numerous tears, holes, stains, and other wear. We have never had one of these before however, so they seem to be relatively rare.
Ready to research and display!
The National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise (German: Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen, abbreviated NSRL), was the umbrella organization for sports and physical education in Nazi Germany. The NSRL was known as the German League of the Reich for Physical Exercise (German: Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen, abbreviated DRL) until 1938. The organization was expanded to Austria after that country's annexation by Nazi Germany.
The NSRL was led by the Reichssportführer, who after 1934 was at the same time presiding over the German National Olympic Committee. The NSRL's leaders were Hans von Tschammer und Osten (1933–1943), Arno Breitmeyer (1943–1944) and Karl Ritter von Halt (1944–1945).
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