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Lo var Lachland

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  1. Thank you very much! I apologize for the late response, but I appreciate the resource.
  2. That's something I won't understand either. I've been researching it for some time now.
  3. I think the practice of wearing flags consistently for American soldiers started in the mid 1990s. I can't really find any information about soldiers actively wearing shoulder flags until around that time. Even soldiers in Operation Desert Storm did not always wear flags. I can understand that, of course.
  4. Alright, thank you for your input. It is much appreciated.
  5. Right, but if they were a necessity, why are there so few images of soldiers wearing them? It is my apparent understanding that the SOP was to use slip-on flags on the soldiers' left sleeve. The only images I see of sewn-on flags are in the SOCOM units like you pointed out. I suppose infantry units didn't have sewn-flags? I zoomed in a bit more and yes, they both have 7th ID unit SSIs. I'm not sure why I didn't notice that earlier.
  6. So was SOP for the 7th ID no flag but a division patch on the left arm? In the second image down that I annotated, the only soldier wearing a division insignia appears to be an officer due to the lack of M16 magazine pouches and his M12 holster. This leads me to believe that officers and NCOs primarily wore insignia while "grunts" did not. I appreciate the help but I am still wondering who wore what during the conflict. All of the airborne units I see have division insignia, although the lightfighters do not.
  7. It is a very fragile repro that can be more comparable to a display rifle. I've heard pretty bad things about it if you use it actively in reenactments. There is a YouTuber by the name of "Neo035" who does an excellent review of the Denix M1 and other Denix products, in which he tell you how to make it more realistic by changing the finish as Av8er said, or removing/filling screw-holes. Turn on captions as he talks in French.
  8. Hey all, first post here. There is an absolute maze of subforums so if I posted this in the wrong place, I invite a moderator to kindly re-locate it. I am currently working on finishing up an impression kit for the 7th ID attached to Operation Just Cause in Panama, 1989. What confuses me, however, are the different ways that shoulder insignia is worn by soldiers in the multiple images I have looked over. Some have division insignia, while others do not. In addition to this, I also see some men (particularly the light-fighters) with what appears to be a slip-on reversed American flag on their left arm, while others have sewn-on flags that are not reversed on their right sleeve. Just wondering if there was an SOP or official guideline on how insignia was supposed to be worn. Some annotated images are included below.
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