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Here is an rare original period 508 Oval, used and removed from uniform, some service wear but in good condition.
The 508th embarked on 19 December 1943 in New York City, New York and sailed on 28 December 1943 for Belfast, Northern Ireland, arriving there on 8 January 1944. After additional training at Cromore Estate in Portstewart, the regiment was moved by ship to Glasgow in Scotland and by train on 13 March 1944 to Wollaton Park in Nottinghamshire, England, where they became part of the veteran 82nd "All American" Airborne Division, commanded by Major General Matthew Ridgway,
The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment participated in Operation Overlord, jumping into Normandy at 2:15 a.m. on 6 June 1944. Their immediate objectives were to capture Sainte-Mère-Église. Operation Market Garden, jumping on 17 September 1944. The regiment established and maintained a defensive position over 12,000 yards (11,000 m) in length, with German troops on three sides of their position. They seized a key bridge and prevented its destruction. Other units prevented the demolition of the Waal river Bridge at Nijmegen. The 508th later played a major part in the Battle of the Bulge in late December 1944, during which they screened the withdrawal of some 20,000 troops from St. Vith and defended their positions against the German Panzer divisions.
An original Officer for the Glider Artillery / Engineers garrison cap badge, embroidered on twill. Near mint condition.
Measures 2 1/16"
An early original EM Infantry Glider trooper garrison cap badge, embroidered on till with a cheese cloth backing. Scarce oval shape.
Measures 2 1/8 x 1 7/8"
An Original Parachute Artillery cap badge Officer or Enlisted, embroidered on twill with a cheese cloth backing.
Measures 1 7/8"
An original Parachute Infantry cap badge, Officer or Enlisted ranks, embroidered on twill with a cheese cloth backing.
Measures 1 7/8"
A period original, Para/Glider Trooper cap badge, embroidered on twill with a cheese cloth backing.
A period original EM Glider Trooper garrison cap badge. Embroidered on twill with a cheese cloth backing.
Measures 2 3/16"
A good original EM Infantry Gilder Trooper garrison cap badge, embroidered on twill with a cheese cloth backing.
An early Paratrooper Jump wing, pin back with safety clasp, hollow back, no maker but there is a mark of some sort but I cannot identify, unusual crimped pin fixing. Quality detailed strike.
Good period example.
Original one piece 82nd Airborne Division Patch. This is an original white back one piece, removed from uniform still in good condition.
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