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  1. Hi Edgeer I’ve just seen your response to my question. Thank you very much for the information, it’s very helpful. Great photo. Brittroop
  2. Why would the ‘US Air Force’ tape be on the wrong side, if this is not a put-together’?
  3. This is a strange beret because it shows a crest for a French Airborne Signals unit worn on the royal blue beret used by their Metropoltan paratroopers until 1957, when they also adopted the red beret already used by their Colonial paratroopers. The blue beret was then passed to their Army Aviation (ALAT). When the blue beret was used by the Metro paras it normally bore the metal winged arm holding a sword in a circle used by all Metro Para units, regardless of their arm of-service speciality.
  4. If this is French, then it was not made for the French Army or Air Force, as the eyelets are on the wrong side, as the French pull their beret down on the left side, unlike most other nations. The grommet holes are normally for ventilation, gather than for fixing badges.
  5. Thank you, Tonomachi, for such a comprehensive reply. Your thoughts agree with mine, that there may have been some unauthorised use of the Senior and Master para-glider wings by the 'Old & Bold' in Germany in the 1950s, but we will never be able to confirm that theory unless we see a period photograph or hear it from a Veteran. I'm now trying to decide whether to buy the wings I have seen. It will be a private sale, so I don't have photos. They are quite well made but are a mid bronze colour, rather than the silver/white metal normally seen with US wings of this age. They certainly loo
  6. The badge I'm asking about is the Glider badge where the glider is superimposed on a parachute. I know it was never authorised by the U.S. Army but it was approved and issued by the 11th Airborne Division during WWII and afterwards in Japan and later in Germany. This was because the Division's glider infantry regiments were later converted to parachute infantry and soldiers became dual qualified. I guess my question is whether the 11th ever issued the unauthorised paraglider badge in Senior and Master grades? The 11th was not deactivated until 1956, so there was time for Senior and Master
  7. Thanks for confirming that the Glider badge was only issued in the basic grade but does that also apply to the Paraglider badge?
  8. I'm putting together a display of US Airborne wings and want to include the paraglider wings, as issued in the 11th Airborne Division during and after WWII. I know they were unofficial and found in the 'basic' grade, but I have also seen them in Senior and Master grades (in metal). Are theses legit or just fantasy items made for collectors? The Senior & Master grade Parachutists Badges were instituted in 1949 and no doubt some paratroopers from the 11th remained in the Army into the 1950s and would have fulfilled the criteria for Senior and Master wings. Could they have worn the Se
  9. I ended up buying this helmet before I had ever seen this thread. I wanted a jumpable M1C helmet to use during the jump commemorating the 75th Anniversary of parachute training at Fort Benning in 2015, and the nape pad was the feature I was looking for. I knew that the pad was a post 1975 feature and that the cover was a fake, but the patches came off easily, leaving a nice Vietnam era Mitchell cover. It was a shame that the helmet shell straps had been cut to remove the ends with the snaps to attach to the liner but they were easily replaced with NOS ones. Not a bad helmet, once the rubbish
  10. Can anyone tell me why there exists a blue version of the normal 474th Infantry red arrowhead patch? The red arrowhead was obviously inherited from one of the 475th's constituent units, the First Special Service Force, but is the blue version simply a manufacturer's error or is there something more to it? Thanks for any help.
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  12. I am researching the insignia and berets used by the LRRP units of V and VII Corps in Germany in the 1960s. I have some specific questions: 1. When did they swop from maroon berets to black Ranger berets? (Was it in 1965 when they became C Company 58th Infantry and D Company 17th Infantry, or was it in 1969 when they became part of the 75th Infantry?) 2. The DUI used by the V Corps LRRP with the motto Cum Animus et Successus - was it used for the whole period 1961-69 or did it change when they became D-17? 3. I have found the V Corps DUI mentioned above twice, each time with a dark
  13. Thanks very much for that info, 468, it"s much appreciated. It also ties in with info from another source and the use of a white and light blue flash by the 60th Infantry and the Arctic Rangers when they had Airborne units in Alaska. Are the illustrations that you have provided from a book or website or your own records? The reason I ask is that they look a fantastic resource and just what I need for my researches in post World War Two Airborne insignia. Any pointers in that direction would also be most appreciated. Thanks again.
  14. Thanks for that, Patches and the links. The info on the 17th Inf makes perfect sense and also ties in with the use of the standard white and blue Infantry flash by the 60th Infantry when they provided a 'Charlie Airborne' company to the 172nd Brigade in Alaska. The dates of Airborne unit flashes are more complicated than I expected. To take two examples: I have seen a photo of a 509th NCO in 1975 wearing just wings, an oval and rank insignia. As this predates the official sanctioning of the Airborne maroon beret in 1980 that is explained by the fact that they had not started to use a flash
  15. I am trying to trace the details of the beret flash worn by the 1st and 2nd Bns of the 17th Infantry Regt when their Airborne C companies provided the Airborne element of the 6th Infantry Div (Light) in 1986-89. Can anyone describe it or, better still provide a photo of one? (I want to use it in a Chute and Dagger article on the history of Airborne units in Alaska.) Many thanks,
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