Original German WWII SA Sports Badge for War Wounded by Werner Redo of Saarlautern - RZM M1/100
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice German WWII SA Sports Badge for War Wounded, with an intact pinback and a lovely patina. It is non-magnetic, with what looks to be an oxidized silver wash on the exterior. The rear is (RZM) marked with M1 / 100, for maker Werner Redo. This is one of the only manufacturers of this badge, and also made many of the standard SA Sports Badges. The firm was located in Saarlautern, on the border with France. Today the town is known by its Pre-NSDAP rule name, Saarlouis, the name it has been for centuries.
Promoted as the last SA-Stabschef after the death of Viktor Lutze on May 2nd 1943, Wilhelm Schepmann saw the need to maintain the physical and mental well being of those who had been wounded in the course of the war. As a result Schepmann introduced the SA Military Sports Badge for War Wounded on October 8th 1943. Design of the award was closely based on the SA Military Sports Badge. Award of the badge was open to all German males over the age of eighteen who had been wounded or disabled as a result of war actions. Criteria varied and was dependent on the seriousness of the wound or disability of the individual attempting to win the award.
This is the first example we have had, and it is in very good condition, with a fully functional pinback. Other examples we have seen usually show a lot more oxidation. Definitely a great chance to pick up a good example of this award!
Of Note: In late 1934 items manufactured for the NSDAP and other organizations, including membership pins, came under the quality control of the RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster) and as a result were marked with the RZM logo when appropriate. The registry was based at the Brown house in Munich and NSDAP party headquarters in Berlin. The RZM ensured that the manufacturers of military items were consistent in design, quality of materials and other characteristics of the items. It also defined standards of design, manufacturing and quality and published an authoritative color chart for textiles. The M1 in the code stands for Metal Badges, with Werner Redo of Saarlautern being contractor number 100.
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