Luftwaffen-SV Hamburg

Luftwaffen-SV Hamburg

Luftwaffen-SV Hamburg

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Luftwaffen-SV Hamburg was a short-lived military German association football club active during World War II and is notable as the most successful of the wartime military sides.


Military sports clubs

Through the course of the war military sports teams were formed both in Germany and in occupied territories to serve as morale boosters for both service men and civilian populations. In addition to LSV Hamburg this included sides such as Luftwaffen-SV Danzig, SV der SG SS Straßburg, Mölders Krakau, and Heeres-SV Groß Born. Some military commanders sought out skilled or well-known footballers to play for their clubs. For the players this often provided a means to avoid other more dangerous service in the armed forces. Among the more well-known teams at the time was the Rote Jäger assembled by Hermann Graf, commander of German fighter pilots, whose team included famed national team player Fritz Walter and national team manager Sepp Herberger.

LSV Hamburg was formed 8 December 1942 at the direction of Colonel Laicher, commander of the anti-aircraft artillery defending Hamburg. The club was managed by Otto Faist who had led Schalke 04 to the German national championship in 1939 in a crushing 9:0 victory over Admira Wien in the final.

Quick success

LSV joined the Gauliga Hamburg in 1943. The division had been formed the previous year out of the split of the Gauliga Nordmark, one of sixteen top-flight divisions formed in the 1933 re-organization of German football...
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