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No 1 Commando Embroidered Red on Black Cloth Shoulder Title

No 1 Commando Embroidered Red on Black Cloth Shoulder Title

In good condition with some glue to reverse and paper stuck to it. No moth, damages or repairs. Scarce. This pattern as per the example in Peter Taylor's book, p43. As worn from early 1943 onwards.

Comm GrH

Code: 62021

165.00 GBP


216 Parachute Signals Squadron Royal Signals Special Camouflaged Rigging Lines Lanyard

216 Parachute Signals Squadron Royal Signals Special Camouflaged Rigging Lines Lanyard

In very good condition, a few slight pulls to silk threads. An interesting item with a long history dating back to Normandy landings in WW2.

Immediately following the landings in Normandy by 6th Airborne Divisional Signals on 6 June 1944, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel 'Pygmy' Smallman- Tew, encouraged each man to plait for himself a lanyard from the camouflaged rigging lines of parachutes still scattered on the DZs.

The aim of this exercise was to ensure that each man had in his possession a length of strong cord which might be useful should he be involved in any future attempt to escape capture by the enemy. All soldiers carried out their Commanding Officer's wish and the lanyard was worn by all ranks.

Some weeks after the landings, Lieutenant Colonel Smallman-Tew, although wounded in the arm by a piece of shrapnel, elected to remain at duty and took it upon himself to take a newly joined officer, Lieutenant Much, to his Brigade Signal Section (K) at Le Mesnil. On 22 July 1944, on the journey by airborne jeep, Lieutenant Colonel Smallman-Tew , Lieutenant Much and their driver were killed when a German mortar shell hit their vehicle near Escoville. Lieutenant Colonel Smallman- Tew was extremely popular throughout the Regiment and the lanyard continued to be worn after his death as was his wish.

The special camouflaged rigging lines were later obtained from RAF sources as it was traditional that each man plaited his own lanyard. After the war, the camouflaged rigging lines of the X type statichute were obtained from the manufacturers. Brigadier D A Pringle, who at the time was the Commanding Officer of 6th Airborne Divisional Signal Regiment, recalls that in 1947 he wrote to the GQ Parachute Company of Woking in an attempt to buy rigging line. The owners of the Company sent to the Regiment with their compliments and blessing, their entire residual stock as a present. The Regiment at this time was fortunate in that a Signalman who had been in the Merchant Navy was an expert at knotting. He soon became a one man lanyard factory.

It was not unti1 1954 that an official request was made by 16th Independent Parachute Group Signal Squadron for the lanyard to be recognised officially. In the same year, the request was granted and the lanyard became formally recognised as an official embellishment and therefore became available from Ordnance sources.

The lanyard has been proudly worn since 1944 by all ranks of airborne signals units in direct descent from 6th Airborne Divisional Signals in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Smallman-Tew. It continues to be worn today with equal pride by all signallers of 6th Field Force HQ and Signal Squadron.

See:
https://www.216parasigs.org.uk/history/appen5.htm

G54.5

Code: 62091

45.00 GBP


New Zealand Army Airborne Special Forces Parachute Qualification Wing

New Zealand Army Airborne Special Forces Parachute Qualification Wing

In unissued condition, embroidered, circa 10.8cm across. The fern wreath distinguishes this as NZ issue.

D80.2

Code: 61419

8.00 GBP


WW2 Curved Airborne Pair of Embroidered Light Blue on Maroon Shoulder Titles

WW2 Curved Airborne Pair of Embroidered Light Blue on Maroon Shoulder Titles

In very good condition, some white bluetack traces to the reverse. Good match.

Comm GrH

Code: 60494

195.00 GBP


Kings Own Border Regiment Matched Facing Pair of Embroidered Yellow on Green Cloth Shoulder Titles

Kings Own Border Regiment Matched Facing Pair of Embroidered Yellow on Green Cloth Shoulder Titles

A good matched and facing pair. A design which included a glider in deference to their WW2 Airborne exploits. Worn from 1959 onwards. A small tear hole to top of backing cloth on one of them otherwise in good condition.

Comm GrH

Code: 60178

25.00 GBP


Rare WW2 RA Anti - Tank Woven Embroidered Shoulder Title

Rare WW2 RA Anti - Tank Woven Embroidered Shoulder Title

A rare Royal Artillery Anti-Tank Regiment woven shoulder title. In good condition (the odd raggy edge - see photos). Hessian backed. Possible airborne connection, worn by a Scottish unit from Oban.

The 2nd (Oban) Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery, operated as a unit of the British 1st Airborne Division from 1942-45, and was formed from 204 (Oban) Anti-Tank Battery, RA.

204 Battery was originally part of the Argyll based 51st (West Highland) Anti-Tank Regiment, RA, a Territorial Army unit which had been created in 1938 following the conversion and re-designation of the 54th (West Highland) Field Regiment RA.

Comm GrH

Code: 58429

325.00 GBP


WW2 ROYAL NAVY Printed Cloth Shoulder Title

WW2 ROYAL NAVY Printed Cloth Shoulder Title

Removed from uniform. In good condition. Scarce.

These titles were introduced in April 1943 when it was not practical for RN personnel to wear normal naval rig and battle dress was a better options for naval units involved with shore operations in and around harbours but also units such as naval beach groups / signals and in fact even R.N commando units did wear this title before the "R.N.Commando" title was introduced.

BoBD No 2344 refers.

Coll.

Code: 59000

SOLD


Post WW2 50 Star US Army Airborne Uniform Flag

Post WW2 50 Star US Army Airborne Uniform Flag

1960s version with 50 stars, removed from uniform. Thin cotton gauze, in good overall condition. Circa 3" 5/8 by 5"4/8.

Comm BP

Code: 62696

25.00 GBP


WW2 - US Army 82nd Airborne Division Patch - one piece example

WW2 - US Army 82nd Airborne Division Patch - one piece example

An original United States of America Army one piece example of the 82nd Airborne Division patch, in good condition.

The famous 82nd Airborne in 1943 fought in North Africa, dropped into Sicily, Salerno onto Naples, beach landings at Anzio. Then dropped into Normandy on 6th June D Day, St Mere Eglise, Carantan. Holland Market Garden Nijmegen Bridge. Back to Belgium for the Battle of the Bulge at Werbomont. StVith, across the Ruhr into Koln, taking the city of Ludwigst and Berlin. The division fought in seven campaigns and were credited with 422 days of combat taking 6,993 casualties.

Comm BP

Code: 62693

90.00 GBP


WW2 US Army 101st Airborne Division Patch - Type 4

WW2 US Army 101st Airborne Division Patch - Type 4

An original United States of America Army Airborne 101st Airborne Division patch with a separate English made tab. In good condition. This is known as a type 4 example.

Famous 101st Division engaged in combat though out the war D day - Belgium - Holland - Germany - Austria.

Comm BP

Code: 62692

95.00 GBP