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Original WWII Era German DRL Sports Badge In Bronze Maker Marked Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History

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Original WWII Era German DRL Sports Badge In Bronze Maker Marked Worn by SS, SA, and all branches, Certified By The Gettysburg Museum Of History. Originally introduced in 1913 as the DRA badge, this was modified in 1933 to the DRL badge and again in 1937 with the addition of the swastika. The award was intended as an incentive for physical training, and was issued to both males and females between 18 and 32 years old who met the required criteria for an eight year period, or those between the ages of 32 to 40 who met the criteria over a twelve month period. A 1937 pattern, die struck bronze award. The badge is in the form of a vertical oval oak leaf wreath, with a mobile swastika and bow to its base, encompassing the stylized, cut-out letters, “DRL.” To the reverse is a vertical pin-back device, hinged to its top and with a catch to its base. Embossed to the left of the reverse is “D.R.G.M. 35269” (“Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchsmuster,” or, German National Registered-design [Patent] 35269), and “Wernstein Jena” is to the right. This medal has an unusual feature, the initials of the recipient is engraved into the back “WG” (see photos).  Excellent condition  with some storage age and expected issues. Pin may have been period repaired (barley noticed) 100% Guaranteed to be authentic Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of  History.  Please see our other items.  Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.