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How or where on uniform was the metal Marine Iceland badge worn


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Pretty easy and basic question. Worn on sleve where cloth patch was worn or on shoulders? Know that the left and right are not same. Thanks for any help or even photo of wearing.Again thanks.

 

Mort

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Wanted to post one of the badges as a reference. These are pretty rare and remember the left and right are NOT mirror images of each other.

 

Mort

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Gorgeous and indeed rare. I have three of the documented “types” of the polar bear patch but this one eludes me. Thanks for sharing.

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Perhaps rare but practically unwanted. I could barely give away the ones I have had in the past. 

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I must say I've never before seen a metal bear on one of these patches, and I've been looking at this stuff for decades.  Are these documented?

 

Steve

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They are documented as a known type worn by the Marines in Scott Smiths Iceland Marines reference. They don’t come up often. 

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  • 2 months later...

The above photo is an old photo from my collection. It has grown larger now. As for anyone´s "doubt" if

the metal bears are legit or not....they are...100% 

I have 3 original wartime photos in my collection, showing them in use. Not only by USMC, but have one

photo of a British troop wearing them, supporting the rumor that these were possibly theater made in Iceland.

Regards

Hinrik

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My late grandmother told me a story that when she was young during the war, she and her friends

made money by cleaning the troops clothing., and to hand sew polar bear patches for them. This is

what I think is one of these hand made sets:

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