A fine original DRL badge, bronze grade. This badge shows some wear which is visible in photos. It is maker marked on the reverse for Petz & Lorenz, which is a rare and desirable maker of DRL badges. Working pin and catch. A great and still affordable badge for your WWII German collection.
The German Sports Badge, also known as the "German National Sports Badge" was first created in the year 1913 and is one of the oldest awards of Germany still in active circulation. At first the German Sports Badge was only issued to men for the completion of various physical tests. In 1921 it was renamed to Deutsches Turn- und Sportabzeichen, and women were eligible as well.
In Nazi Germany the design of the badge remained basically the same but a swastika was added at its base. Since 1935, the letters "DRL" ("Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen") relaced the letters "DRA" ("Deutscher Reichsausschuss für Leibesübungen"). On 1 July 1937 it was renamed the "Deutsche Reichsauszeichnung für Leibesübungen" and obtained the status as an official recognised decoration of the state. In 1938, the Austrian Sports Badge was incorporated into the German Sports badge. The last tests for the Deutsche Reichsauszeichnung für Leibesübungen were held in 1944.