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  1. The 474th Regiment had already been established with Companies A - H with personell mainly arriving from FSSF and Army Rangers at the time the 99th arrived. So the only thing I can think of is that the regiment then just added four more companies from the 99th without any consideration for what would have been customary. The colors that was given to the King of Norway was the Regimental colors. And also, the 99th documentary film is now available for anyone interested to buy it: http://www.99battalion.org/index_files/Page1452.htm Erik
  2. Great pictures. First photo is taken at Camp Hale. It was then Company D. Many of the guys were older, may be 30-40% of the soldiers trained at Camp Hale did not make the cut. Company D later became Company I under the 474 Regiment. Second photo is taken in Norway. The regiment flag shown was given as gift to the King of Norway when the regiment left Norway on 15th Oct 1945. This flag is today displayed at the officers mess for the His Majesty's Royal Guard. I run the official website for the 99th Infantry Battalion, and I have complete overview of all soldiers that have served wit
  3. Great find. These were made in two versions, one for the US troops and one for the British. The US version is the hardest to find, with the 99th Infantry Battalion being most desirable. I have both US and British in my collection, but have so far not been able to get one issued to a 99er. The signature is of Crownprice Olav, who later became King Olav V (father of today's King Harald V). Otherwise more pictures of this on our 99th Infantry Battalion website. Erik
  4. Here is a selection of white bordered 99th patches, including the very rare version with blue mast. The blue mast is identical to the OD bordered version, just with white border. You will see only ble mast for every 100 red mast patches for sale, and they demand a premium price when they come for sale. Erik
  5. Regarding the use of the OD bordered battalion patch, I have just uncovered additional information, both from a vet and from photographs. One of the 99th vets told me last week that upon leaving France for Norway at the end of May 1945, they were ordered to put the US flag on their right sleeve, and the 474th patch on their left. The reason for the US flag was that they were uncertain if the local population would recognize them as Allied/US soldiers and liberators. To ensure they would not be mistaken for Germans or other occupying forces, orders were sent out to sew a US flag on their
  6. Thanks for that info Ski. Here is white bordered patch in wear. Photo taken in Norway 1945. This will go on website in a short time as well.
  7. I have been told that one of the 99th Infantry Battalion patches came in a cerial box back in the late 1940's. Does anyone know the circumstances around this, and if these patches were specifically made for this promotion? Also, is it possible to distinguish these from wartime patches? Erik
  8. Yes, I helped Jon with this excellent article and provided him with material and many of the period photos. Erik
  9. I have just uncovered information that the white bordered 99th patch also was in use in Norway in 1945. Both on the shirts and on Ike jackets. Although very limited. It appears that the 99th depot in Norway got some of these and they emerged on some uniforms june/july 1945. I am working on a larger update on the webpage which will have photos. Erik
  10. In my opinion: They are post war patches the same way the 474th and the 99th Inf Btn patches are "post war". They were both issued to the troops late May 1945. Still considered wartime as they were designed and produced before 8th May 1945 for units that fought during World War 2. But only authorized for wear after 8th May 45.
  11. The front page of the book "The Allies in Norway" (1946)
  12. The patch, which is the large version.
  13. From my own collection, a U.S. Army non combatant shirt. It was found by a local antique dealer wrapped around a sewing machine. Erik
  14. Here is the US uniform I saw in the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum collection in Oslo. According to the curator, it had belonged to a Norwegian pilot during world war 2. I don't know what the ribbons are all for, but some may have been added post war or possibly be foreign? The viking ship patch is the small version.
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