Artaman League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (This is where Himmler was a chicken farmer)
Edit: HPL2008 points out further in this thread that I was thinking of Himmler's SA sport badge, which can be seen in the photo a few posts down. Himmler never received the "Reiterabzeichen" as I stated in the second last sentence of my post.
Last edited by Eddie; 03-31-2012 at 09:30 AM.
More on topic, here's my SS sports shirt patch(pictures are from the seller). I received this the other day and I had to pack it away for my upcoming move, but I wanted to show it off. I love thinking about how important athleticism was to the previous owner, more so than in other branches of service because this represented his racial fitness as well. It's also really nice to own an article with such attractive Sig Runes. While still just the patch for some guy's gym shirt, the importance that the SS put on fitness makes this a more valuable and desirable object in my eyes.
Himmler sure was no great soldier - just look at the mess which was Heeresgruppe Weichsel under his command.
For one who so longed for being in a war, he sure failed miserably.
When he fell, he fell hard. His last days were a far cry from his days as the 'émminence grise' of the Third Reich.
He actually suffered from the illusion, that the Allied would treat him with respect and as a force to be reckoned with. Instead he ended up on a dirty floor having the commited suicide.
What an ignominious end for one who at one time wielded so much power.
But I digress. Sorry for going OT.
I probably misidentified this award, is this his SA sports badge above his belt and under his strap?
Edit, it must be, as Himmler didn't receive the Equestrian Badge.
German Equestrian Badge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sorry for the misinformation in the thread.
Last edited by Eddie; 03-31-2012 at 09:22 AM.
Sometimes - as seen here - he wore the SA Sports Badge and sometimes the German Sports Badge (but apparently never both at the same time).
[Himmler was entitled to more than half a dozen pinback badges/awards (even without counting the foreign ones), but - like Hitler - went for a "humble" image and sometimes wore only one or two of them, but never more than three at a time, in varying combinations.]
IIRC he didnt have any military decorations per se