Sport and the Third Reich - SIGNED Book by R Newbrough
Author signed 2 volume set and numbered in the first 200 sets produced. For whatever reason, until now there has never been a serious and exhaustive reference offered on the topic of sports and the Third Reich. Sports and athletics were a very important part of the pre-war movement and the author, Rob Newbrough, does a wonderful job of capturing this. Rob is a good friend and I was quite pleased to be able to contribute to the production of this set if even on a humble scale. This two volume set comes in a hard shelf sleeve and is a pleasure to look at from the outside. The inside is spectacular as Rob spent years compiling a vast knowledge of the topic to go along with the over 2,200 photographs on 656 pages. The books cover everything imaginable from youth athletics to the Olympics and everything imaginable in between. With the author's permission here is the description of the set:
A mass movement, propaganda, and physical and psychological terror were the components that Hitler believed to be necessary to gain control over a people and a nation; the Nazis used sport as a means to those ends. This book -- which is a two volume set -- represents the first comprehensive attempt at examining the association of sport with the Third Reich. This two volume set contains over 2,200 images, the majority of which have never before been published. Information -- history, uniforms, insignia, awards, and many period photographs -- related to the association of sport with the Wehrmacht and organizations of the NSDAP is presented. The reader is provided with interesting historical information associated with sport events, athletes, Third Reich personalities, and organizations of the NSDAP. The philatelist will enjoy the sport related German postage stamps that are shown. The 1936 Winter and Summer Olympics and the 1938 Breslau Games are covered. Hitler predicted that after 1940 the Olympics would be forever held in Berlin; Hitler was proven wrong and in September of 1945 the Allies staged an athletic competition in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Volume I covers the DRL/NSRL, 1936 Winter and Summer Olympics, 1938 Breslau Games, the sport uniform, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Heer, Political Leader, and SA. Volume II covers the NSKK, NSFK, SS/Police, Hitler Youth, DAF/RAD, and miscellaneous topics. Specific information related to each component of the sport uniform -- shirt, shorts, shoes, bathing suit, and athletic training suit -- is provided. The manner by which rank was conveyed on the sport uniforms of the Wehrmacht and the organizations of the NSDAP is dealt with in detail. These unique books are a must have for the military researcher, historian, and collector!