GERMAN THIRD REICH DLV FLYERS DAGGER
The German Air Sports Association (Deutscher Luftsportverband, or DLV e. V.) was an organisation set up by the Nazi Party in March 1933 to establish a uniform basis for the training of military pilots. Its chairman was Herman Goring and its vice-chairman Ernst Rhom.
Since the Treaty of Versailles officially forbade Germany from building fighter planes of any sort, the German Air Sports Association used gliders to train men still officially civilians for the future Luftwaffe. The first steps towards the Luftwaffe's formation were undertaken just months after Adolf Hitler came to power. Hermann Göring, a World War 1 ace with 22 victories and the holder of the orden pour le Merite, became National Kommissar for aviation with former Deutsche Luft Hansa director Erhard Milch as his deputy. On 25 March 1933 the German Air Sports Association absorbed all private and national organizations, whilst retaining its 'sports' title. In April 1933 the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM – Reich Air Ministry) was established. The RLM was in charge of development and production of aircraft, and soon afterwards the test site or Erprobungsstelle at Rechlin became its testing ground, a military airfield that had been first established in August 1918. Göring's control over all aspects of aviation became absolute.
The German Air Sports Association was dissolved in 1937 and replaced with the National Socialist Flyers Corps, a corporation under public law and subordinate to Reichsluftfahrtminister Göring.
Whist showing signs of use this DLV Flyers Dagger is in good condition for its age of 80 years, The fittings are of Nickel Silver with Morrocan leather to the handle and scabbard, the fittings are showing signs of wear with the brass showing through in places. The blade is in good condition and is clearly maker marked to "ALCOSO SOLINGEN".
DLV Flyers Daggers rarely come onto the market nowadays and this one is in good condition for its age.