SA Sports Badge, Type II, in Silver

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  • SA Sports Badge, Type II, in Silver Obverse
  • SA Sports Badge, Type II, in Silver Reverse
  • SA Sports Badge, Type II, in Silver Reverse


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    March 21, 1934
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    The SA Sports Badge, Type I, in Bronze, was an actual award for sports related achievements, while the ones in Silver and Gold were service badges (for example, sports instructors automatically received the Silver badge). The SA Sports Badge, Type II was an achievement based award, requiring repeated sports achievements over the course of several years to obtain the higher grades, which is why they are much rarer. Both Type I and Type II badges are known to exist with or without numbers on the reverse. The SA Naval Sports Badge is very rare, and very few were awarded.


The SA Sports Badge was established as a semi-official award by the Stabschef Ernst Röhm on November 28th, 1933, and it was granted official status by Adolf Hitler on February 15th, 1935. Originally, only members of the SA were eligible to receive the award, however, once it gained official status, all racially pure and hereditarily fit Germans became eligible to receive the award. In order to receive the Badge, an individual had to pass a single physical fitness test.

On March 18th, 1937, the award criteria was changed and recipients were required to pass the physical fitness exam every year, in order to retain their Badge. Men were expected to try and win the Badge from the age of 17 and on. Members of the Hitler Youth were to start preparing at age 16.

On January 19th, 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the name to be changed to SA Wehrabzeichen (Military Defence Badge or Military Sports Badge), but the design remained the same.

The test activities were divided into three categories: physical exercises, field exercises and defence exercises. Physical exercises included: long jump, 100 yards sprint, shot put, long-distance throw, and 300-metre run. Field exercises included: signalling, map reading, reconnaissance work, judging terrain and estimating ranges. Defence exercises included: small calibre arms fire, swimming or cycle speed test, grenade throwing, etc.

The Naval Branch of the SA had to complete different activities, which included: casting lines, a 25-minute row in a cutter, knotting and splicing, seamanship in boats, etc.

The Badge was issued in three grades, bronze, silver and gold.

The Silver Badge was issued to men under the age of 35, who passed the test for 5 consecutive years. It was also issued to men, ages 35 to 40, who passed the test in a period of 12 months.

Type II was issued from February 1935 to December 1936. The reverse is stamped with “Eigentum d. SA. Sportabzeichen-Hauptstelle”.


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