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thought i would share my abn cap patch collection. some hard to find ones here. like the medical, brit made cap patch for inf. so on so on. please i would love to hear some feedback. also does anyone have some for sale just thought i ask. thanks in advance.

 

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Excellent WWII Airborne Cap Patches you have got there in your collection

Some nice "Rare Variations" as well :thumbsup: .

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Very nice collection Bill! I like the Arty red glider and maroon bordered variants...very hard to find. (I actually have a collection of abn garrison caps which feature quite a number of patches which are similar to some of yours)

 

Sabrejet :thumbsup:

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Very nice collection Bill! I like the Arty red glider and maroon bordered variants...very hard to find. (I actually have a collection of abn garrison caps which feature quite a number of patches which are similar to some of yours)

 

Sabrejet :thumbsup:

would love to see them :D

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Nice collection. But some people might not know which patches stand for which brand.

Like me...

 

Thanks for showing !

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Nice collection. But some people might not know which patches stand for which brand.

Like me...

 

Thanks for showing !

 

 

I agree Silvano. Not to sound dumb, but whats are the differneces between some of the patches? Why do some of the gliders have chutes and some do not, or just a plain chute? If the red is for artillery, is the white for infantry? Which one is the medical one? Why do some face left and others face to the right....officers vs enlisted?

 

Just trying to learn in case I run into any of these somewhere....thanks for sharing, they look great.

 

Troy

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The Patches Started off as Airborne and then Glider, Blue for Infantry and Red for Artillery and Engineer Units about 1942. They started combine the Glider and patches patches some time in late 44 or 45, but still retaining the Blue and Red, I think primarily because many of the later units, 11, 17th and 13th Airborne unit troops were trained as Paratroopers and then trained or assigned to glider units. By mid 45 you started to see a Red, Blue and White combined Glider Airborne patch that you see from then until recently when they did away with the Overseas cap for Airborne trained personnel that were not assigned to an airborne unit favor of the black beret which was stolen from the Rangers but the Chief of Staff of the Army and His Sergeant Major who were both tread heads My personal view not endorsed by the Department of the Army. This is just off the top of my head to answer the question. I'm sure some one on the forum can give a better answer as to the exact dates.

Regards,

John

 

There is an exception the Red Glider with white background in the second picture which was worn during the invasion of Southern France by the First Airborne Task Force under the command of MG Frederick former commander of 1SSF (Devils Brigade) and later commander of the 45th Inf Div (Thunderbirds)

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The blue-background red-border white-glider-and-chute "combined" patch was an 82nd Airborne idea, being issued to all then-integral 82nd units in the USA before they left for North Africa.

 

The 101st started adopting it post-Holland.

 

The 507th and 508th both turned up in England with the white on light blue parachute-only patch, with the 508th being "convinced" to go over to the combined patch post-Normandy (if not post-Holland - it's hard to tell, as the change-over seems to be a bit hap-hazard...).

 

Other units have time-period specific answers as well as to what they wore, on which side of the cap (the 101st parachute-only and glider-only patches changed sides early in 1944, for example).

 

Oh, and the red glider on white background with red outer patch wasn't worn by the parachute elements of the 1st ABTF, as they (if they wore any) had the parachute-only patch.

 

Cheers,

Glen.

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The blue-background red-border white-glider-and-chute "combined" patch was an 82nd Airborne idea, being issued to all then-integral 82nd units in the USA before they left for North Africa.

 

The 101st started adopting it post-Holland.

 

The 507th and 508th both turned up in England with the white on light blue parachute-only patch, with the 508th being "convinced" to go over to the combined patch post-Normandy (if not post-Holland - it's hard to tell, as the change-over seems to be a bit hap-hazard...).

 

Other units have time-period specific answers as well as to what they wore, on which side of the cap (the 101st parachute-only and glider-only patches changed sides early in 1944, for example).

 

Oh, and the red glider on white background with red outer patch wasn't worn by the parachute elements of the 1st ABTF, as they (if they wore any) had the parachute-only patch.

 

Cheers,

Glen.

 

my dad had only the blue glider with light blue backround, as a glider rider he had this all throughout the war. the cap patch with the maroon bdr was for medical troops with the glider regts'

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my dad had only the blue glider with light blue backround, as a glider rider he had this all throughout the war.

 

What unit was he in, Bill?

 

Cheers,

Glen.

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Brian Dentino
The blue-background red-border white-glider-and-chute "combined" patch was an 82nd Airborne idea, being issued to all then-integral 82nd units in the USA before they left for North Africa.

 

Cheers,

Glen.

 

Quite right Glen. These came along pretty early on. I have a picture of a g-uncle in N.Africa (not real good one) that clearly shows him with the red/white/blue glider-para combo on his OS cap.....

 

Bill, great collection you have there! Lots of nice examples, and some rare one's to boot......that medical one is very nice, along with a few of your early glider only ones! Thanks for sharing.......and yes, what unit was your dad with? (Cant remember if you mentioned it to me before or not? :think: )

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Bill,

This is a great collection! For some reason, I find the hat patch to be extremely interesting and have picked up a few along the way. That medical patch is really nice and now I see that I have another one I have to find! Here is my first (and nicest) hat patch:

 

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188th glider inf regt, 11th abn div

 

Makes sense for the glider-only patch. The 11th Airborne don't seem to have gone to the combined para-glider patch until after the war.

 

Cheers,

Glen.

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Nice topic and surely a nice collection. Would it be possible to create a time-line on different types of OS-cap patches like these? Was looking through the Trading post, but found very little on this subject (of course, as an online member I do not have all the issues available). For example: in the above pictures I see the FE light-blue-bordered, dark-blue background, white para/glider patch. I have the same, but on cotton/twill with a gauze backing. I also have a variation that has only the glider in it. Are these variants were the color of the border indicated if it was inafantry of artillery/engineers? I also have a FE red-bordered, dark-blue background, white glider patch. So there, the red border would indicate arty? Were these types produced in the transition between the older types and the last type with red border, dark blue background and white para-glider?

 

I am getting quite confused here ;-)

 

Thanks all for your knowledge on this one! Cheers, Bocage

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Hope you don't mind me adding this foto find Billy.

 

A early one right. like the one your Father has on his cap. Man is Jerome Hermann, Hermann was evidently in the 215th Glider Field Artillery Battalion when this unit was activated, so perhaps it is Red and White this cap patch, thats what we would would think right. This unit, 215th Glider Field Artillery Battalion was only a glider unit for around little over a year October 42-January 44, its then redesignated and reorganized as a big gun field artillery battalion firing the 155mm Howitzer. The 215th FA Bn gets to the ETO in mid-sh December 44, and Hermann is KIA in April 45, and is at the Netherlands American Cemetery, 215th FA Bn was probably a Corps Artillery unit in one of the Corps of 9th Army, because the 9th Army was in the north near the English, and it would seem that many 9th Army KIAs or Non Hostile deaths were sent to this cemtary in The Netherlands.

 

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