Can anyone identify this item? An award of some sort?
The one worn in this photograph is that organization's Sportadler [= Sports Eagle].
(Later photos of Schreck show him with a higher grade award, the Sportkranz [= Sports Wreath], which is the same basic eagle placed diagonally in a wreath modelled on the one found on Imperial-era aviation badges. That one can also bee seen on early photos of Göring and Hühnlein, by the way. Have a look here: Ailsby Collection: Honour Badge of the National Motor and Air Travel Circle )
The RKL's eagle badges came in the following classes:
- Dienstadler [Service Eagle] in Black and Bronze grades [= eagle]
- Ehrennadel [Honor Pin] in Bronze, Silver and Gold grades [= eagle in a diamond-shaped border]
- Sportadler [Sports Eagle] in Silver and Gold Grades [= eagle placed on wider wings]
- Sportkranz [Sports Wreath] in Silver and Gold Grades [= eagle placed on wider wings with a wreath]
Interesting badge. Thanks for bringing it to our attention and for the background info, Glenn & HPL.
Thank you HPL, can't be too many of these Ring der Nationalen Kraftfahrt- u Luftfahrt-Bewegungs floating about these days I'd wager.
Note also the Bavarian Police in their spike helmets! I'm unsure just how long the spike helmets were allowed by regs to be worn, but they can be seen in many parade shots in the early TR era.....Riefenstahls films etc. If anyone has details please elaborate, thanks. My hunch is they're toast after '33-34....just about everything went Nazi....?
Last edited by Nigel Lesgate; 12-15-2013 at 01:22 PM.
That is if it arrives before my annual journey south for Christmas...priorities my friends. :-)
I thought "Bereitschaften".....? Key word "bereit" ie: to make ready or prepare.
On another note; Graf did prison time and died in 1950. Does anyone have info on what charges were brought against him? Was curious if he did die in prison.