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A nice example of a original and rare British made Free French parachutist brevet for the WW-II Free French Forces (Forces Francaises Libres - FFL)
This is a perfect rare example of a difficult to find original British made Free French parachutist brevet for the WW-II Free French Forces (Forces Francaises Libres - FFL). As history shows, after the Germans overran France in 1940 and the government surrendered, many French military members escaped to North Africa and England to continue the battle. One of the first steps was the establishment of the First Battalion of the Free French Parachute Volunteers. It is from these volunteers that Captain Berge would take the men to form the 1st Air Infantry Company (1 CIA), later renamed the 1st Parachute Infantry Company (1 CCP). From these airborne forces would come the nucleus for the French Special Air Service when they were transferred to England in December 1942, followed by the newly created 2 nd SAS Squadron in Tunisia who returned to England in February 1943.
Meanwhile, nearly a thousand new French volunteers for new airborne service came from throughout the world to arrive in England . These troops included escaped prisoners of war who came via neutral Spain; volunteers from North Africa, Madagascar and Oceania, sailors from deactivated vessels and from other colonies and territories. These troops, with a cadre from the returning combat experienced French airborne forces, would become what is known as the Free French Force parachutists, serving in several units but the primary units being the French Special Air Service.
And thus in 1943, the Free French Government began to award their unique own parachute qualification insignia. This insignia was awarded to all French personnel who graduated from the British parachute school at Ringway and also to personnel who had previously qualified elsewhere.
This insignia is credited to being designed by Captain Georges Bergé in 1942 to replace the metal insignia of the 1st Infantry Parachute Company (1 CCP) which was too expensive. This was the only insignia authorized to be worn on the left pocket above the medals. The FFL brevet was distributed in 1943 to all French breveted in the Ringway Central Landing School and later to other qualified French parachutists who had qualified earlier at other parachute schools in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. The metal version of the insignia was initially made in Aldershot , UK and later in Ceylon and Indochina . After the war numerous parachutists went to Indochina where many variations have been manufactured locally to replace their original insignia. . Many parachutists at the time, who did not come from the FFL, replaced the Cross of Lorraine with a star.
The wing shows some signs of wear and does appear to have been on a uniform. This badge will be a great addition to any Special Forces WW2 collection.
A nice and not so often seen just post war RAOC (Royal Army Ordanace Corps) so called 'Sua Tela Tonanti' Mar 1947 - Nov 1949 cap badge
This is a nice original and pretty short lived RAOC (Royal Army Ordanace Corps) cap badge "Sua Tonanti Tela". This Kings crown badge was only around between 1947-1949, the previous badge said Royal Army Ordnance Corps to the scroll.
Code: 51167Price: 15.00 EUR
A nice standard wartime issued cap badge to the Border Regiment
This is a good example of a nice standard wartime issued cap badge to the Border Regiment. The 1st Battalion is famous for their action's during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The badge is in a overal nice issued condition. The badge is coming from my own collection.
A nice set of a just post war Australian Intelligence Corps cap badge and a shoulder title
This is a neat set of a just post war Australian Intelligence Corps cap badge and a shoulder title. The corps was formed on 6 December 1907 with the aim of providing training for soldiers in intelligence work, including collecting and recording topographic and military information about Australia, its dependencies and foreign countries (especially those of the Pacific region), as well as preparing strategic and tactical maps and plans. The first Director of Military Intelligence was Lieutenant Colonel James Whiteside McCay.
The corps was disbanded on 30 September 1914 and replaced by Intelligence Sections of the General Staff in each Australian military district. It was re-formed in 1939 and was tasked with the following: intelligence; security; passport control; rail, air and shipping security; censorship; and prisoner of war interrogation and data compilation. The corps has been formally allied with the British Army Intelligence Corps since 1950. The capbadge is neatly marked by its maker, a Frankston, Victoria based company called Swann & Hudson.
Code: 51165Price: 45.00 EUR
A nice embroided Canadian shoulder title to The Westminster Regiment
This is a good example of a embroided Canadian shoulder title to The Westminster Regiment. The regiment mobilized 'The Westminster Regiment (Machine Gun), CASF' for active service on 1 September 1939. It was redesignated: '1st Battalion, The Westminster Regiment (Machine Gun), CASF' on 7 November 1940;Footnote 22 and '1st Battalion, The Westminster Regiment (Motor), CASF' on 25 November 1940. It embarked for Britain on 13 November 1941. On 1 December 1943, the battalion landed in Italy as part of the 5th Armoured Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division.Footnote. It moved to North-West Europe on 28 February 1945, where it fought until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 31 January 1946. The title is in a nice un-issued condition.
Code: 51164Price: 20.00 EUR
A good original South Staffordshire Regiment Officers cap badge with it's original 'Holland Patch' backing
This is a very nice and difficult to find example of a Officers cap badge to the South Staffordshire Regiment with it's original 'HollandPatch' cloth backing. The history of the 'HollandPatch' goes back to 1794 when the Battalion sailed for Holland where they were involved in fighting the French which was their first major campaign. Until 1942, the cloth was an oval, which exceeded the cap badge, but was cut down in half and could only be seen through the knot on the badge. The badge and backing are in a perfect and nicely used condition.
A nice wartime British made The Blackwatch of Canada shoulder title
This is a good example of a nice wartime British made shoulder title to The Blackwatch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. This unit was part of the 2nd Infantry Division and is well known for their actions in Normandy and Holland. This title is in a nice and overal good condition.
A great British late war made 1st Canadian Parachute Battlion shoulder title
This is a great example of a not so often seen British late war made 1st Canadian Parachute Battlion shoulder title. The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was an airborne infantry battalion of the Canadian Army formed in July 1942 during the Second World War; it served in North West Europe, Landing in Normandy during Operation Tonga, in conjunction with the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 and in the airborne assault crossing of the River Rhine, Operation Varsity, in March 1945. After the end of hostilities in Europe, the battalion was returned to Canada where it was disbanded on 30 September 1945. By the end of the war the battalion had gained a remarkable reputation: they never failed to complete a mission, and they never gave up an objective once taken. They are the only Canadians to participate in the Battle of the Bulge and had advanced deeper than any other Canadian unit into enemy territory. Despite being a Canadian Army formation, it was assigned to the British 3rd Parachute Brigade, a British Army formation, which was itself assigned to the British 6th Airborne Division. This fantastic example is in a perfect un-issued condition and a great addition to any Special Forces colletion.
A neat example of a British made 'bullion' Officers Canadian 2nd Divisional shoulder patch
This is a perfect example of a British made Canadian 2nd Division patch in 'bullion'. After following a period of reconstruction and retraining from 1942–1944, the division joined II Canadian Corps as part of the Second British Army for the Allied Invasion of Normandy. 2nd Division saw significant action from 20 July – 21 August in the battles for Caen and Falaise. Joining the newly activated headquarters of the First Canadian Army in the assault on northwestern Europe, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division played a significant role in the retaking of the Channel ports, the Battle of the Scheldt, and the liberation of the Netherlands. The division was deactivated shortly after the end of the war. The Divisional patch is in a perfect an un-issued condition.
Code: 51160Price: 40.00 EUR
A nice British made Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG) cloth embroided shoulder title
This is a neat example of a nice British made Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG) cloth embroided shoulder title. In July 1940, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa's active service battalion left for garrison duty in Iceland, which ended in April 1941 when they sailed to England. On 6 June 1944, the Camerons were the only Ottawa unit to land on D-Day at Juno Beach. The 1st Battalion consisted of three machine gun companies and one mortar company. Following the landing on D-Day, the battalion fought in almost every battle in the northwestern Europe campaign. However, the battalion's soldiers were often attached as platoons and companies in support of other units, so the battalion never fought as an entire entity. During this time, the 2nd Battalion recruited and trained soldiers in Canada for overseas duty. The 3rd Battalion was formed in July 1945 as a part of the Canadian Army Occupation Force in Germany. This example has the well known paste i.e glue backing and is in a perfect un-issued condition.
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