There must be more but I am only aware of the existence of three (3) of these. The one I have originally belonged to Mr.Jack Furman from the 6th Company of Regiment 1.
FSSF Beret. One of the rarest pieces of WW2 head gear.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:50 PM
A friend of mine and fellow historian/collector knew Mr. Furman personally and obtained the beret from him directly a number of years ago. When he originally obtained the beret Mr.Furman informed his that it originally had British made crossed arrows on it but he had removed the arrows to but them in a shadow box with a patch and a few other items. He replaced the British made arrows with US made Mt. Helena purchased arrows and those were what was on the beret when Gerry received it. Here is a photos of Mr.Furman holding the beret with the US made arrows.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:51 PM
The beret with the replaced arrows was featured in Ken Joyce's book "Crimson Spearhead"
Edited by Eric Queen, 03 December 2017 - 04:52 PM.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:54 PM
Some time later Gerry was able to obtain the original British made arrows from Mr.Furman and put them back on the beret.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:57 PM
Very happy that Gerry was able to restore the beret to its original state just as it had been worn by Mr. Furman during the war. Here is the top of the beret.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 05:21 PM
Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:07 PM
Amazingly beautiful, historic and as you pointed out, rare! Thank you for sharing, Eric, I always enjoying your top-shelf FSSF collection!
Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:09 PM
Interesting piece.I never knew about these.Thanks for posting it.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:16 PM
As you well know, all British maroon berets from WWII are very difficult to find and command a very hefty price tag. This piece of British headgear is no exception. I'm sure that you know that Jack Furman was a Canadian and that the Canadians were carved out of the Force and sent back to England when the Force was disbanded. There are a couple of points that should be noted. These berets were issued to the Canadians AFTER they left the force and were not worn while they were assigned to the FSSF. You will not find these in the hands of Americans that served in the Force as they were not issued to Forcemen.
Your photo of Stan Waters show Waters wearing a British BD, and while the caption states that the beret was khaki, I would assume that the one being worn in the photo is another one of these maroon berets.
A great pick up and a rare piece of Canadian military history,
Edited by Allan H., 03 December 2017 - 07:19 PM.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:34 PM
All true Allan but disagree with the characterization that the piece is uniquely related to Canadian history. The FSSF was made up, of course, of both Americans and Canadians but it was an American unit commanded by an American. The berets were worn by (ex) Force members who served with this unit. Anything related to the FSSF is part of American history.
Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:13 PM
Beautiful and interesting. Thanks for sharing the photos and the details.
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