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Here we have an early Pennsylvania National Guard Officer’s collar insignia worn between 1921 to 1926. Rare piece with a pin back fitting, maker marked JR Gaunt New York made in England.
Measures 1 3/8” x 3/4”
Here is a polished Paratrooper wing. Pin back fixing and in sterling silver. The risers have been polished out something that “Long serving” troopers sometimes did to remind others of their long service in the battalion.
Here is a post war USMC 5th Division patch, fully embroidered and in mint condition.
Here is a scarce USMC 1st Division patch. Used with some age related wear. Embroidered on twill with a cheese cloth backing.
On 31 July the entire Marine task force was placed under the command of Vice Admiral Frank J. Fletcher's Task Force 61. The division as a whole would fight in the Guadalcanal Campaign until relieved at 1400 on 9 December 1942 by Alexander Patch's Americal Division. This operation won the Division its first of three World War II Presidential Unit Citations (PUC). The battle would cost the division 650 killed in action, 1,278 wounded in action with a further 8,580 contracting malaria and 31 missing in action. Others were awarded for the battles of Peleliu and Okinawa.
Following the Guadalcanal Campaign, the division's Marines were sent to Melbourne, Australia for rest and refit. It was during this time that the division took the traditional Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda" as its battle hymn. To this day, 1st Division Marines still ship out to this song being played.
A good early WWII 2nd Marine Corps patch. Fully embroidered example with age related wear.
here is a one piece Airborne Command patch. Fully embroidered and in near mint condition.
The U.S. Airborne Command Shoulder Patch was created in 1943, and used during WWII to designate smaller Airborne units before they were assigned to a formal division. Units such as the 501st and 506th Parachute Infantry regiments wore this patch before being assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.
101st “Screaming Eagle” Airborne Division patch. A two piece with separate tab both in near mint condition. Known commonly as a Type 2.
Famous 101st Screaming Eagles and during World War II, it was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord the D-Day landings and airborne landings on 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France, Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands and, perhaps most famously, its action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium and on to the Eagles Nest.
An English made Allied Airborne patch. Removed from uniform with age and service wear.
The First Allied Airborne Army was an Allied formation formed on 2 August 1944 by the order of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force. The formation was part of the Allied Expeditionary Force and controlled all Allied airborne forces in Western Europe from August 1944 to May 1945. These included the U.S. IX Troop Carrier Command, the U.S. XVIII Airborne Corps, which controlled the 17th, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and a number of independent airborne units, all British airborne forces including the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions plus the Polish 1st Parachute Brigade.
Here is an English made Airborne Troop Carrier Patch, Removed from uniform with age and service wear, slight piece of the bottom edge missing. Paste back.
A WWII US Army Rangers Diamond patch. Some age related wear.
Measures 3 3/4” x 1 1/8”
Pointe du Hoc was the location of a series of German bunkers and machine gun posts. Prior to the invasion of Normandy, the German army fortified the area with concrete casemates and gun pits. On D-Day, the United States Army Ranger Assault Group attacked and captured Pointe du Hoc after scaling the cliffs.
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