Original German WWII Sports & Track Sweat Suit with DRK Red Cross Insignia - Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition example of a German WWII black sweat suit, used for Sports and Track events during the WWII Period. To build a sense of unity, as well as to maintain overall physical fitness. the various organizations under the NSDAP would regularly have training and physical competitions together. This is a classic design which is still in use today around the world.
The suit is composed of the standard black cotton fleece material, exactly like they are today. The pants have an elastic waistband, and there is a small size tag with 44 embroidered on in red thread. The pants have a pocket on the right side only, and are in very good condition, with a few areas of minor wear.
The jacket has a elastic around the bottom, and a sports style collar at the top of the 1/3 length zipper. It is marked with a small size tag with 44 embroidered on in red thread, just like the pants. Condition is good, with a few wear areas, though the zipper is missing some teeth, and the slider is missing the pull tab, which broke off. It is however included, contained in a plastic bag in the pants pocket.
On the left breast of the jacket is an attached BeVO style embroidered German Red Cross (DRK) emblem, with an eagle with down-swept wings clutching a "Red Cross" in its talons and with a mobile Swas to its breast. The color is well retained, and the emblem is in great shape.
A very interesting piece of German WWII Militaria from the Red Cross, ready to add to your collection!
History of the German Red Cross (DRK)
The DRK, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross), a voluntary civil assistance organization originally instituted in 1864, was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. In December 1937 it gained status as a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany, it came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior's Social Welfare Organization.
History of the "Red Cross" Symbol
It was important to clearly identify Medical personnel in the field. One of the early documents, such as the Amelioration of the Conditions of the Wounded in Armies in the Field signed August 22, 1864, by a number of Governments, already instructed that Flag and Arm Badges worn by Medical personnel would bear a Red Cross on a White Field. Both symbols when used on Hospitals, Ambulances, Evacuation and Aid Centers, were to be proof of their neutral status! These signs provided for neutrality of military and civilian protected personnel (it gave them non-belligerent status) exclusively engaged in removal, transportation, and treatment of wounded and sick, or the administration of sanitary formations and establishments, and entitled them to respect and protection from their enemies. The 1929 Geneva Convention which superseded the former agreement, was signed on July 27, 1929 by forty-seven countries (including the Axis countries, Germany, Italy, and Japan) and comprised numerous articles, among which Articles 9 and 21, recognizing that bearers of special identification cards and civilian protected personnel identified by armbands, and vehicles, and installations wearing Geneva Convention markings and markers, were all exclusively engaged in medical care activities, and consequently protected and respected by the Geneva Convention.
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