Brit Made Recognition Scarf
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:04 AM
This specimen is nicely marked and in unissued condition. My friend had two in his British collection, so one was able to move over to the Yank-side... ...
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:51 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:33 AM
Good point, Ian.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:09 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:37 AM
Here are a few:
Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:40 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:55 AM
Very Nice Item to add to your A.B Collection there & Well Done
i like the Early 41 date on it also a great item and thanks for sharing it with us
Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:09 AM
for an excellent tutorial on their use (sarcasm here), see "How I won the War" with John Lennon.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:15 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:01 AM
According to one vet of the 101st, they had them for NORMANDY (no idea about 82nd, let alone Brits), but, along with their rubberized, pocket-sized survivals kits, were quite ACCOUNTABLE so were turned in afterwards.
Who knows, maybe they were passed out again for MARKET-GARDEN ? A US Glider pilot told me that he had one for S France (issued in Italy) and Holland and VARSITY.
They are most associated with VARSITY simply because: 1. the troops were specifically told to wear them once on the ground; and 2. they were NOT accountable property that was to be turned in, so many survived as handy, low-volume souvenirs.
I got one years ago from the son of a French-Canadian who served in the FRENCH SAS (a college student in France in 1939, joined Foreign Legion, in Syria, then Italy, then SAS). The son had two, and they other one bore autographs of dad's comrades, placenames, etc.
An old collecting friend had one that came to him with a bunch of USAAF ETO survival gear, but no details of provenance/use.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:12 AM
That is really a nice addition to your collection,The condition is fantastic.
I have one that was worn at Varsity.I also know of a glider pilot who has one who was on the Varsity operation.
Edited by doyler, 14 November 2012 - 10:12 AM.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:18 AM
Who knows, maybe they were passed out again for MARKET-GARDEN ?
David Webster (E-506) describes one in his Market Garden kit in his book...
And the latest Mike de Trez book about Market Garden has several pictures showing them too...
I have seen (and own) tow different versions, one bordered in white and always marked Courthaulds 1941, and one bordered in brown hessian without markings....
Nice pick-up, Bart
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:15 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:13 AM
And check out this Glider Pilot ("shoot me here") wearing one as a bib pre-Varsity.....!
Posted 28 December 2013 - 07:22 AM
This one came from a Brit collection too. I was fortunate enough to find and buy one, these things are extremely hard to come by if you are looking for one.
Dated Courtaulds, 1941.
From what I've heard they were even used in Normandy to some extent. This one is way less reflective than most others I've seen. It's just a yellow piece of cloth, meant to prevent friendly fire.
These will al-ways be linked to the 17th AB and the crossing of the Rhine. Period March 1945 photography shows them being worn all over the place.
Posted 28 December 2013 - 04:15 PM
Great picture Ken.
Are they 17th A/B ?
I've had a couple of 17th A/B groups that had the cut down US Invasion flag like the ones in the photo.
Posted 05 August 2016 - 11:22 AM
Sorry for not replying sooner (completely forgot about this thread) but no, they are not a "divisional" type of thing, as they were used in Holland too...
Edited by ken88, 05 August 2016 - 11:23 AM.
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