These were a flea market find. The lack of a makers mark and the type pin attachments make me think WW2 era. Is this correct?
Army Officer Collar insignia...WW2?
Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:25 PM
Yeah they're WWII era. You see a lot of loose, barely-used Cavalry branch insignia, especially in WWII Armor groups. The Armored Force (the Mark V WWI tank insignia) was not a branch you could commission into - you had to be commissioned in usually Cavalry or Infantry then detailed to the Armored Force (where you wore the tanks on the collar). In the old correspondence from Tank units during the war the officers are still using "Captain, INF" or CAV in their signature blocks. A little confusing. Mechanized Cavalry recon unit officers still wore these as well as the few horse cavalry units that remained stateside. After the war when they adopted the crossed rifles with the M26 Tank, Armor finally became a branch you could commission into.
Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:46 AM
Infantry officers assigned to the Cavalry units of the 1st Cavalry Division wore Cavalry collar brass also. They retailed their infantry branch, but for "historical continuity," cavalry brass was worn by officers and enlisted alike.
Posted 13 July 2019 - 12:20 PM
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Posted 13 July 2019 - 02:33 PM
That is a very nice item you have. Thanks for posting it.
Posted 13 July 2019 - 02:52 PM
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