DLV Swallows Nests
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On March 25, 1933 the DLV (Deutscher Luftsportverband = German Air Sports Association) was created as a civilian sports organisation, the umbrella organisation of all air-related sports. However, from the very beginning, the DLV was used to secretly train its members for future roles in the newly emerging Luftwaffe, a breach of the terms of the Versailles Treaty.
The organisation should not be confused with the Deutscher Luftfahrtverband (also abbreviated DLV), which was formed in 1902, but disbanded in favour of the new DLV under Third Reich rule.
The DLV was split into two groups, the civilian section and the secret military section, known as the “Fliegerschaft” (air crew). The organisation eventually became obsolete after the official unveiling of the Luftwaffe in 1935, and it was disbanded and replaced by the National Socialist Flyers Corps (NSFK or Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps) in 1937.
The Swallows Nests of the musicians of the DLV are half circles made of light blue badge cloth with seven vertical and one horizontal stripes. They were worn on the sides of the shoulders.
Musicians wore aluminum stripes, drum majors wore aluminum stripes with aluminum fringes, and members of the drum-and-fife corps wore matte-grey stripes.
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