Germanic Proficiency Runes in bronze
Replica of the Germanic Proficiency Runes, the design two runes of the SS superimposed upon a mobile swastika. On the back we can find the markings of the manufacturer.
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Himmler officially introduced the German Proficiency Runes (Germanische Leistungsrune) on 15 August 1943 was a decoration of the German SS, issued as a type of sports badge to members of the Germanic-SS. In many ways, the badge was similar to the SA Sports Badge and the German Sports Badge, but was intended to be awarded solely to non-German members of the Germanic-SS who were serving the SS in countries under Nazi occupation. A short lived predecessor to the Germanic Proficiency Runes was the rare SS Sports Badge.
In the institution document he stated that it “should be an example in physical training and tests in the use of weapons in the National Socialist spirit, and confirmation of the voluntary attainment of the Germanic joint destiny”. His desire was to encourage SS men to be athletically fit, with their minds attuned to Nazi ideology.
Records show only awards in Holland, Denmark and Norway, with one presentation ceremony known for these three countries.
Very few Germanic Proficiency Rune badges survived World War II, most often since they were destroyed to avoid the holders from being identified as Nazi collaborators.