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WW2 Printed 45th ( West Country ) Infantry Division Formation Sign above AOS Strip and still on Battledress Backing - Drake 's Drum

WW2 printed example of "Drake's Drum" worn by this Territorial Army Division, which served as a duplicate division for the 43rd ( Wessex ) Division as both were formed from the South-Western Counties. With Arm of Service, Battalion strip in red felt below and cut from sleeve of battledress.


Code: 58984Price: 55.00 GBP

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WW2 The Royal Marines 104th Training Brigade Cloth Formation Sign Shoulder Flash

Woven felt cloth formation sign worn on the battledress shoulder, in the shape of a yellow seahorse on blue/red triangle. Very end of tip of triangle flat otherwise in good condition. Worn from 1941 to 1943 by the RM 104th Training Brigade which was redesignated as the Royal Marine Training Group in 1943.


Code: 58962Price: 45.00 GBP

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24th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery Designation Cloth Formation Sign

Circa 4cm square, in very good condition. See photos for more information on this unit. Scarce.

Cole " Badges on Battledress" pp 137-138 refer.

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Code: 58953Price: 65.00 GBP

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WW2 1st Battalion Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment Regimental Flash / 4th Division Formation Sign Battledress Combination

Black Watch regimental flash / formation sign with two AOS red felt stripes and a printed 2nd pattern 4th Division Formation sign. In very good condition. Scarce.

The 1st Battalion landed in France in September 1939 as part of the 12th Brigade in the 4th Infantry Division for service with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF).

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WW2 2nd Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Tartan Flash / 2nd Division Battledress Combination, worn 1944-45 only

Mounted on Battledress panel, printed formation sign, 2 AOS stripes and a Cameron tartan regimental flash with a red vertical felt bar to the centre, presumably representing the company. Some sun fading to red of the felt and tartan patch and some wear to the printed 2nd Division formation sign. Otherwise in very good condition and a scarce item.

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Code: 58916Price: 245.00 GBP

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Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders ( A&SH) Flash / 40th Infantry Division Formation Sign Mounted on Tropical KD Green Cloth Panel Combination

A rare early 1950s Korean War combination, embroidered A&SH flash above a printed 40th Infantry Division Cockerel (facing right) with a top loop in cloth and two original press studs to reverse. Most probably made up locally in Hong Kong before proceeding to Korea.

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Code: 58915Price: 145.00 GBP

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1st Cameron / S.E.A.C. Theatre Made Two Piece Shoulder Title Combination on Battledress Backing

A really nicely made set, privately commissioned by a local tailor by a member of the 1st Battalion the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders as part of BCOF (British Commonwealth Occupation Force) in South East Asia at the end of WW2. Clearly embroidered by the same tailor, both parts are still in bright condition with no damage or moth and cut from battledress sleeve.

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King 's Own Scottish Borderers ( KOSB ) / 3rd Infantry Division Battledress Combination

Printed / painted Third Division formation sign with two red felt horizontal stripes below and a KOSB tartan patch above. No moth or damage. Scarce.

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WW2 56th ( London ) Division / Queen 's Regiment Combination Printed Shoulder Title and Embroidered Formation Sign on K.D. Slip-on

An embroidered black cat on rectangle above a sewn on printed Queen 's white on red shoulder title. Reverse shows evidence of having been glued into an album at some time otherwise in good worn condition. .

The 56th London Division fought in the Middle East, Sicily and Italy

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Code: 58910Price: 48.00 GBP

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WW2 30th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment / 115th Independent Infantry Brigade Battledress Sleeve Combination

115th Independent Infantry Brigade embroidered formation sign (crossed black swords on a red shield - see Morris page 64, item 56) above a felt strip and an inverted red triangle ( the Brandywine flash ) of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, cut from original battledress arm. Looks like Brabant weave to FS and other badges felt. All in good condition, small trace of white bluetack to the reverse.

The 115th Infantry Brigade was constituted as follows during WW2:

8th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (to 4 July 1944)
9th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (to 11 October 1943)
10th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (to 25 July 1942, became 6th Battalion, Parachute Regiment)
115th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company (formed 1 January 1940, disbanded 12 January 1943)
13th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (from 7 November 1942 to 4 July 1944)
9th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry (from 24 October 1943 to 4 July 1944)
1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (from 28 August 1944 to 3 April 1945)
4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment (from 28 August 1944)
30th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (from 27 August 1944 to 15 March 1945)
5th (Hackney) Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (from 1 April 1945)
3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment (from 8 April 1945)

The 30th battalion the Royal Berkshire Regiment (re-designated from the 8th Home Service Bn) landed at Ostend in Belgium and joined the 21st Army Group. In 19 February 1945 they took up a position at Lottum in the Netherlands and were in contact with the enemy for the first time. They later came under command of the 1st Czech Armoured Brigade area near Loo Plage. In April 1945 they moved to Boulogne and then shortly after ended up in Holland where they became the T Force Battalion of Western Holland. On the
08 May 1945 (VE Day) they were the first unit into Rotterdam. The 30th Battalion was disbanded on 15 November 1945.

To this day the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment wear an inverted red felt triangle as its cap badge backing. It dates back to the early 1930s when a red patch (known as the Brandywine Flash) was worn behind the badge of the Royal Berkshires in recognition of an action in which Company of the 49th Foot were engaged during the American War of Independence. The Light Company of the 49th, in company with other light companies including that of the 46th (later to become 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) carried out a daring night attack, using only bayonets, against an American force of 1,500 resting in a forest near Paoli, close to Brandywine Creek. The Americans suffered heavily and, as a result, threatened to give no quarter in future to the troops who took part in the attack. To prevent innocent British troops being singled out for such punishment, those who took part decided to dye their green feathers red so that they could be instantly recognised. At the end of the Second World War the Brandywine Flash was changed in shape to a more prominent inverted triangle.

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Code: 58909Price: 145.00 GBP

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