Ive been lucky this last month to find some really facinating theater made DUI and a few nicer patches both as groupings and on ebay and I thought some of the more intresting ones would be worth sharing. Starting with the DUI I have managed to find 3 German made variations of the 18th infantry, vertical painted, horizontal pin enamel, and what I eagerly thought was an authentic single clutch back.
From an army surplus store I found 3 different variations of Japanese (I think) pins, 2 screw back and one painted pin back.
The European Civil Affairs is very interesting to me because I believe it is the only Italian made example I have ever seen, the blue enamel is very much darker then the german exmamples I have and it is a prong back which is a method which I thought only occurred in Italy. I would be interested in learning if anyone has seen a similar one.
The Indian made CBI and Persian Gulf command (Egyptian made I think based on the back) are pretty nice examples and I think it is interesting that the CBI has an error where the star is oriented the wrong way.
The Army ground forces pin is an interesting double screwback design that makes me unsure if it was made as a dui or for a lighter. The 347th is a cloth design that is most likely post war.
Last but not least the final CBI in the row is probably my favorite despite being damaged and missing most of it's red enamel, it is a hand made example with a lot of added detail. I will follow up with a better picture of just that one. It was found in a group that included the war time screw back and cloth Colorado Military School DUI and several other patches that will be in the next picture. I feel like despite being a military academy dui the cloth one is interesting because it shows the effects of the war on resources where they no longer had the metal to make insignia.