A Czechoslovakian Svazarm Dedicated Work Award Badge
A Czechoslovakian Svazarm Dedicated Work Award Badge - Fullsize and Miniature: Both have a two-piece construction, with an inserted flat backer, silver with red, blue and white enamels, inverted egg-shaped, the Fullsize badge number engraved "1445" on the reverse, illustrating a red star with the Czech lion insignia, a hammer and sickle below, topping a ribbon banner inscribed "SVAZARM", an aeroplane flying above a motorcyclist plus a parachute backed by crossed rifles below, separated by a ribbon banner inscribed "ZA OBE TAVOU PRACI", the outer ring featuring a series of linden leaves, Fullsize: 39 mm x 54.8 mm, Miniature: 17.8 mm x 24.5 mm, both with vertical pinbacks, one small enamel chip on the lower ribbon banner on the Fullsize badge, better than very fine. Footnote: The Svazarm was formed in 1951 in the former Czechoslovakia, to train the population in military based disciplines. The Svazarm was a copy of the Soviet DOSAAF paramilitary group. The activities the Svazarm provided were extremely diverse, ranging from medical training to dog training. Dog lovers would be instructed in the training and breeding of dogs suitable for military purposes, especially German Shepherds. Shortwave radio operation was another popular activity, and was also useful for creating future radio operators in the army. A more specialized branch of the Svazarm, based at Kosice, trained pilots for the air force. Training included at least twenty flight hours of glider training and forty hours of basic training on motorized aeroplanes, as well as the necessary aviation theory. There were also sections for model airplanes and gliding (formally DOSLET), motor sport section (motorcycles and cars) and various shooting sports (including rifle and pistol).