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Hello, I would like to submit this armband of the French resistance to you. I wonder about the presence of a stamp with the badge of the 28th US ID, there is an inscription on the stamp but it is difficult to read. wish you had your opinion on this armband.
Thank you.
Laurent

 

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Laurent,

Looks very similar to an original one I used to have but mine did not have that "keystone" shaped stamp. I recall mine had "PARIS" stamped on the black buckle and had the more common Red, White and Blue stripes sewn vertically. I believe many of the originals were hand made from flour sacks and other fabric that could be obtained so varied greatly. Unfortunately, I no information about the stamping but maybe deciphering some of the writing would help. Maybe post-liberation?

Thanks for posting,

Jim


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Jim,

To answer you, I agree when the manufacture of this armband, the canvas is very resistant, perhaps made of bed sheet or old pillowcase.

Concerning the markings by enlarging the image I was able to decipher a few groups of letters (I think).

Top left: HEA- (Headquarter?)

Bottom right: MAY what I saw at the beginning but in fact, it would rather be NAY (Fontenay?), A city near Paris is called Fontenay Sous Bois!

That's all I have been able to decipher yet, but I will insist on it.

My opinion would be that this armband was worn by a resistant French, who was recruited by the 28th ID, the tampon being a kind of pass?

Thanks for your help Jim.

Laurent

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hello

look like french medic armband , red cross removed and french flag ad

olivier

 

 

 

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Have you tried using a blacklight of the stamp? You can also wet it, don't dip it in water but rather go over it with a damp sponge, ink dose not mix with water so this will often bring out things you cannot see. Also if you take a picture of it and manipulate it with various filters and exposures to bring out things you cannot see. It maybe a stamp put on by the 28th Div intelligence unit to show that they have seen it and passed it on.


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hello

look like french medic armband , red cross removed and french flag ad

olivier

 

 

 

Hi Olivier,
I agree with you, although there are no traces of a red cross.

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Have you tried using a blacklight of the stamp? You can also wet it, don't dip it in water but rather go over it with a damp sponge, ink dose not mix with water so this will often bring out things you cannot see. Also if you take a picture of it and manipulate it with various filters and exposures to bring out things you cannot see. It maybe a stamp put on by the 28th Div intelligence unit to show that they have seen it and passed it on.

Hi QED4,
Thank you, I will try your advice, I hope to be able to decipher these famous inscriptions!
Thank you.
Laurent

 

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