In very good condition, a die struck pair of facing white metal collar badges, a good match and each with two original loops to the reverse (slight twist to one loop). Worn 1946 - 1952 as King's Crown. Scarce.
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One of the most difficult to acquire badges in the WW2 East African war raised set, the Kenya Independent Squadron theatre sand cast cap badge with two original integral loops to the reverse. Still retaining its gilt wash with no damage or repairs. Circa 4.9cm tall. 1940 - 1942 only. Rare.
It comes with an informative copy newspaper article titled "Desert Patrol - Smallest Unit of the Empire's Forces" and is dated April 1941, which rather brilliantly also describes the reconnaissance activities of the tiny Kenya Independent Squadron and also the badge worn in some detail, confirming it was worn on the slouch hat. The motto "Quod Age Agis" it claims roughly translates as "When you have a job, go to it".
Rasied by Major J.J. Drought (who also raised Drought's Scouts in WW1).
Renfrew et al Vol 2 No 1808 refers.
Removed from uniform, in very good condition. Some traces of glue to the reverse.
Formed in 1942 and attached to Commando HQ. There were two signalmen per Commando Troop. This is the second pattern introduced later in 1942 (previously it had been white on black). See Peter Taylor's book, page 65 and BoBD (Mills) No 2102, who confirms on page 384 that the embroidered versions were manufactured by George Kenning and Sons Limited.
Three Special Service Companies, (later designated as Squadrons) were raised in July 1941 with the designation of A, B and C. They were raised from volunteers drawn from the cavalry regiments of the 2nd Armoured Brigade (The Queens Bays, 9th Royal Lancers and 10th Royal Hussars). The idea was to train the men in the use of glider borne light tanks which was under investigation at the time.
A Squadron was disbanded in 1942. B Squadron was used in the invasion of Madagascar in May 1942 and later went to India where it was absorbed by 146 Royal Armoured Corps. C Squadron was reformed in June 1942 as the Airborne Light Tank Squadron. It saw service on D Day as the 1st Airborne Light Tank Squadron allocated to the 6th Airborne Division.
The title comes in very good condition. Some traces of paste remaining to the reverse. Worn July 1941 to June 1942 only. Rare.
This is an unissued pair of paste back cloth formation sign badges to the COMMANDO GROUP, which were worn point upwards. Introduced at the end of WW2 to replace the Combined Operations Badge worn until that time. One with small hole to left of pommel, the other with a nip to top edge otherwise in good condition.
Jon Mills BoBD 2107 refers.
A rare WW2 pattern cap badge with original electrical connector style lugs. Appears to have been nickel plated brass as per some earlier issues. Some bending inwards to the lugs and also wear to plated finish. With cotter pin.
A rare two part '44' and 'Royal Marines' red on blue embroidered cash tapes style shoulder title, removed from uniform (missing the final 'Commando' three part piece strip). '44' in good condition. 'Royal Marines' edges have some ragging and a bit of damage.
44 RM Commando was formed in mid 1943 and served in the Far East.
BoBD (Mills) No 2301 refers but without the final word 'Commando').
In very good condition, a die struck pair of facing white metal collar badges, a good match and each with two original loops to the reverse. Worn 1946 - 1952 as King's Crown. Scarce.
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Embroidered example of the yellow R.A.F. eagle, anchor and Tommy-Gun on a black tombstone shaped backing, this shape usually worn by Royal Navy personnel in Combined Operations Units. Slight ragging to edges otherwise in good condition.
Embroidered example of the red RAF eagle, anchor and Tommy-Gun on a black tombstone shaped backing, this shape usually worn by Royal Navy personnel in Combined Operations Units. A couple of edge nips and some pulls to the red thread around the anchor, slight moth graze otherwise in reasonably good condition.
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