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WW2 Commando Special Forces Combined Operations Printed Formation Designation Sign Flash

Removed from uniform, in very good condition.

Coll.

Code: 62268Price: 75.00 GBP


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WW2 Printed 44th Indian Airborne Division Faicing Pair Formation Signs, uncut.

An original standard printed Pegasus with INDIA underneath. Facing and uncut. It is hard to find a matched facing pair. In very good unissued condition.

G54.3

Code: 62265Price:


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WW2 Royal Ulster Rifles (RUR) Plastic Economy Issue Cap Badge

An economy plastic issue cap badge to the Royal Ulster Rifles. The RUR's 1st Battalion served with the 6th Airborne Division in North West Europe. This variation has an officially-applied silver paint finish and is in excellent condition with only minor warping / distortion and both original blades to the reverse.

G60.2

Code: 62264Price: 120.00 GBP


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Scarce Airborne Version - Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Field Ambulance ( RAMC ) Embroidered Felt Cloth Shoulder Title

Yellow on maroon, in good condition except for a moth graze to front below the O. Jon Mills confirms this pattern was worn by soldiers of the Corps serving with 181st Air Landing Field Ambulance. Scarce.

BoBD No 2167 refers

Comm GrH

Code: 62203Price: 65.00 GBP


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Commando Group Pair of Painted Cloth Dagger Formation Sign Badges

This is an unissued pair of painted cloth formation sign badges to the COMMANDO GROUP, which were worn point upwards. These badges were allegedly made by “Display Patents”. Introduced at the end of WW2 to replace the Combined Operations Badge worn until that time.

Jon Mills BoBD 2107 refers.

Code: 62095Price: 40.00 GBP


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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: 62091Price: 65.00 GBP


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Post WW2 Special Air Service (SAS) Embroidered Cloth Felt Shoulder Title

Woven cloth shoulder title. Light blue on maroon, loose black hessian backing. Removed from uniform, some white bluetack blobs to reverse otherwise in good condition. Circa 1960s.

Comm GrH

Code: 62049Price:


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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: 62021Price: 195.00 GBP


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Scarce 1st pattern WW2 Parachute Regiment White Metal Cap Badge - voided crown

Original white metal die struck para cap badge with voided king's crown and voided lion's legs, indicating an early first issue type cap badge, with two original dark toned fixing loops the reverse. Much less common than the plastic economy version. Also a superb example.

A177.1

Code: 62020Price: 135.00 GBP


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Post 1952 Pair of Parachute Regiment Officers Bronze OSD Collar Badges - matched facing pair

A good matched facing pair of bronze die cast collar badges with two lugs on each, east-west. In very good condition and a colour match too.

Coll.

Code: 62018Price: 30.00 GBP

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