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Steve Farrell  says:

The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

It’s been described as motorcycle sport in its purest form. But the Isle of Man TT hasn’t always been just about sport. In 1939, the world’s most spectacular motorsports event became a propaganda exercise for the Nazis. With Czechoslovakia and Austria already under German control, and war with Britain looming, the Nazi propaganda machine viewed sporting victory as a means of demonstrating...

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Mar 09

Posts: 5148

Nostrodamus says:

Thanks for the little history lesson Steve

Meier and that Kompressor on song must have been a sight to behold at the time though. Regardless of the politics (and nobody can hold a mere solider responsible for the ethos of the NAZI party. Who knows what Georg's own thoughts were) that is one iconic motorcycle and rider combo.

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Mar 10

Posts: 117

MudDoctor says:

And I thought

that George Formby won it!


OK, that was the 1935 movie, No Limit, but it was one of the very few movies that showed the Swastika at a sporting event, and is apparently the only record on film of the Swastika flying at the TT.

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Dec 08

Posts: 1289

boybilly1967 says:

Great story and the politics of the time are not relevant. Most of the athletes, including the UK gave the Nazi salute at the 1936 Olympics.

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Jul 09

Posts: 143

burningbush says:

copy and paste

This is almost identical to an article in Classic Bike a few months ago. Shame on you ;-)

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Sep 10

Posts: 183

It was all a long time ago , and  the story has been told over & over , and it is now irrelevant  . Sport  & politics should have always been separate ,  Nazi win[s] would have proved nothing , the Nazi superman may have had a relevance in field sports , but any nation could have built a winning machine - in theory ! . 

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