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1938 German athletic medal

Article about: Not sure if this correct area of forum but can anyone give me some insight on this medal I recently found - It has a mans head with leaves on it and the back says - Betriebssport – wettkampf

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    Default 1938 German athletic medal

    Not sure if this correct area of forum but can anyone give me some insight on this medal I recently found -

    It has a mans head with leaves on it and the back says -
    Betriebssport – wettkampfe 1938 Ffm. 1.Sieger Funfkampfe

    I tried translating and what I came up with is -
    First place winner of pentathlon.

    It is brass round and about 1 1/4 inch diameter. It has a ring foe ribbon but none on it.
    Any significance to this medal?

    Having some trouble adding pics; will try later.
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    You're right that it is a sports competition medal and for a pentathlon winner, allow me to elaborate just a little bit on the inscription:

    "Betriebssport-Wettkämpfe 1938" means "Company Sports Competitions 1938".
    You know, sports activities undertaken by the staff of companies, usually with support from the employer, like company soccer- or bowling teams. These have long since been popular in Germany and still are.

    "FfM." stands for the location, it's the abbreviation for "Frankfurt am Main".
    One German city called Frankfurt is located by the Main River and another one by the Oder River; so for identification, they are commonly referred to as "Frankfurt am Main" and "Frankfurt an der Oder", respectively.

    "1. Sieger Fünfkampf", as you already wrote, means "1st Place Winner, Pentathlon".

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    Thanks for the translation. So this is not a military or government medal from the times but a business' games award. I assumed military since it came out of a grouping of US wwii vet.

    I put it up for bid on ebay; not sure if it has any collector interest.

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    I have seen similar medals before, but never this one.
    It is a lot like the shooting or marksmanship awards.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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