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Nice Acting Corporal Brassard. I am writing an article about Acting NCO Insignia. I have several diffeent brassards in my collcetion but not one like this. Would you mind if I used a picture of yours in the article? I will give you a credit in the footnotes.

 

By any slim chance, would you consider selling this brassard?

 

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Hello Hardstripe. Here is a NCO brassard that I have and haven't seen one like it posted so far. Silver printed/painted on black felt. Not hemmed. No closures. Thanks, Al.

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It is my understanding, and someone correct me if wrong, but the blackened snaps found on some are a post WW2 thing. Some guys did add snaps and buttons and the like during th ewar, but not the neatly done snaps.

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I am going to correct another issue here that seems to have confused people. The yellow armbands with black letters SG, SP and TQM are all related to amphibious landing operations; I have the approval of them right here- a memo on 6 July 1944. The SP is Shore patrol, SG is shore guard and of course TQM is transport quartermaster. yellow felt with embroidered black letters. These were issued to shore parties and APA/AKA shore parties. There's a list of how many per APA/AKA, so far too late for anything in the ETO.

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Here's a weird one...can't remember where I got this one, but it looks like it's made in the field....I was thinking maybe this was a German field dressing or something similar....anyone have any ideas?

 

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Here's a weird one...can't remember where I got this one, but it looks like it's made in the field....I was thinking maybe this was a German field dressing or something similar....anyone have any ideas?

 

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Now that's interesting!

 

Is the cloth tie OD or Field Grey?

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Now that's interesting!

 

Is the cloth tie OD or Field Grey?

 

Sorry the photo doesn't show the color very well...its Field grey, that's why I was thinking perhaps German

 

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I'll tell you my best guess. There's pretty not much else that it could be than an MP armband. However then you ask why would anyone bother to make up something so crappy? Assuming it is not something made up by kids, films, bored dealers, etc. I would say that near the end of the war they were taking in so many Germans that they had no one to guard them. So they made up a lot of new MP escort companies. They even 'borrowed' a large number of Senegalese (I think) to form more guard units. So this rapid increase would have stressed whatever supply level they had in the ETO. Which may have resulted in "make a ton of them from whatever you have on hand." Impossible to prove without finding a record or photo. But it would not at all surprise me.

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Here is a rare Combo the Mini CBI and MP letters were sewn to the front cloth then the inner layer of cloth was sewn over that.The CBI mini insignia has been on the band so long its sucked right into the cloth.PS its named to a Sgt.Merlotti

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Here's a couple I never got around to adding. Here's an Officer of the Day armband. I don't know anything about it except it looks to be WWII era.

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I am always looking for named items to Central Illinois WWI veterans.

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Here is an Acting Specialist 2nd Class brassard I picked up at the recent ASMIC Show in KC. Specialist patch is foreign made. Looks like it could be for a cook or medic. Some very nasty stains that defy my attempts to clean. Can't tell if they are blood or gravy.

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My wife cleaned this brassard using OXI Clean. It took out most of the stains and overall brightened the white background.

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Hello,

Here is mine, I don't know if is WWII?

I believe it is. Looks to be a "State Guard" brassard. With most National Guard forces mobilized for the duration, many states organized State Guard forces. Civilian volunteers performed various tasks previously performed by the National Guard. A few states still have similar organizations, but most were disbanded near the end of the war or shortly after.

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