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I don't think that this type of cap badge was used only by WASPs.

 

I know that the WAACs (Women's Auxiliary Army Corps) had a different badge, but if I remember correctly they went to this style in 1943 when they became WACs (Women's Army Corps).

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I would say for sure the one on the left is. If the one on the right (Meyer) is, it is a variation I have not seen.

 

Thanks very much Eric. Probably a good chance more than one company made these badges.

 

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I don't think that this type of cap badge was used only by WASPs.

 

I know that the WAACs (Women's Auxiliary Army Corps) had a different badge, but if I remember correctly they went to this style in 1943 when they became WACs (Women's Army Corps).

Thanks,

 

I may be wrong but I believe WAC caps used the same screwback badge men used.

 

 

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I know the WACs used smaller version of the men's cap badge, and it most likely was a screwback.

 

My comment was actually more of a question, but I did not phrase it well.

 

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I know that the WAACs (Women's Auxiliary Army Corps) had a different badge, but if I remember correctly they went to this style in 1943 when they became WACs (Women's Army Corps).

Didn't they use the so called "walking eagle" style badge?

 

I have a set of walking eagle buttons somewhere but I do not have a hat badge of this type (that I remember, anyway!). I will post when I find.

 

The walking eagle was ridiculous looking, almost cartoonish, and not popular, so everything was changed to the standard form, just smaller, early on, maybe when the WAAC was reorganized into the WACs.

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Lots of field gear, some uniforms and "one or two" medals and a bit of insignia. Plus lots of odds and ends, too many and varied to go into detail here. Just ask and I'll try to help. Who knows? Maybe we can work something out!

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It is my understanding that the "walking eagle" was WAAC and in about 1943 it's use was discontinued when WAAC became WAC.

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I forget the exact timing and circumstances, but that sounds right.

I have too much stuff!

 

Revolutionary War through Korea.

 

Lots of field gear, some uniforms and "one or two" medals and a bit of insignia. Plus lots of odds and ends, too many and varied to go into detail here. Just ask and I'll try to help. Who knows? Maybe we can work something out!

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Steve is correct. The type of insignia in the original post was also issued to the WAC. The book "Dressed For Duty" discusses pin back insignia for certain types of caps.

 

The Blitzkrieg website is a great resource for Women's items

 

http://www.blitzkriegbaby.de/homepage.htm

 

This is from the Blitzkrieg website regarding the WAAC and WAC insignia:

 

Because the WAAC did not receive military status, no official Army insignia could be worn by its personnel. Instead, a distinctive eagle was chosen as special WAAC insignia. This WAAC eagle was commonly nicknamed as “walking duck/buzzard” because of its slanted appearance. It was worn as cap device on the service cap and also embossed on the plastic buttons of the service uniforms. With transformation into the WAC between July and September 1943, the Army Eagle was adopted as hat insignia.

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Steve is correct. The type of insignia in the original post was also issued to the WAC. The book "Dressed For Duty" discusses pin back insignia for certain types of caps.

 

The Blitzkrieg website is a great resource for Women's items

 

http://www.blitzkriegbaby.de/homepage.htm

 

This is from the Blitzkrieg website regarding the WAAC and WAC insignia:

 

Because the WAAC did not receive military status, no official Army insignia could be worn by its personnel. Instead, a distinctive eagle was chosen as special WAAC insignia. This WAAC eagle was commonly nicknamed as “walking duck/buzzard” because of its slanted appearance. It was worn as cap device on the service cap and also embossed on the plastic buttons of the service uniforms. With transformation into the WAC between July and September 1943, the Army Eagle was adopted as hat insignia.

Do not have a copy of "Dressed for Duty". What specific types of female officer caps used half size pinback eagles ?

 

 

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Wharf,

 

It is described as the hat for the taupe uniform. The hat looks flimsier than the "Hobby hat" that is generally seen in pictures. This could be why it is a pin back.

 

...Kat

 

Thanks Kat !

 

 

 

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