WW2 - No 9 Commando Matched Pair of Embroidered Felt Cloth Shoulder Titles
White on black, with no moth or damage. In unissued condition.
Formed from Scottish Command. Saw service predominately in the Mediterranean, Albania, Yugoslavia , Greece and Italy.
Combined Operations Tombstone Style Red Embroidered Cloth Arm Badge as worn by Naval personnel
Embroidered example, removed from uniform of the red RAF eagle, anchor and Tommy-Gun on a black tombstone shaped backing, this shape usually worn by Royal Navy personnel in Combined Operations Units. In reasonably good condition.
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Rare Glider Pilot Regiment Woven Felt Cloth Shoulder Title
A post war battledress shoulder title, removed from uniform, now a bit grubby and some staining but very hard to come by. The light blue backing is now more brown in colour. Glider facing left. Circa 11.8cm wide and 4.4cm tall. Some traces of white bluetack to the reverse.
WW2 Commando Woven White on Black Felt Cloth Shoulder Title
Hessian backed, white more of an off white now but in good condition with a light bluetack trace to the reverse. BoBD confirms these were also worn by the Free French Commandos.
BoBD No 2049 refers (see also page 387).
Commando Group Matched Pair of Embroidered Cloth Dagger Formation Sign Badges
This is an unissued pair of paste back cloth formation sign badges to the COMMANDO GROUP, which were worn point upwards. Introduced at the end of WW2 to replace the Combined Operations Badge worn until that time. One with small hole to left of pommel, the other with a nip to top edge otherwise in good condition.
Jon Mills BoBD 2107 refers.
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WW2 Special Forces - Commando Signals Embroidered Red on Black Felt Cloth Shoulder Title
Removed from uniform, in very good condition. Some traces of glue to the reverse.
Formed in 1942 and attached to Commando HQ. There were two signalmen per Commando Troop. This is the second pattern introduced later in 1942 (previously it had been white on black). See Peter Taylor's book, page 65 and BoBD (Mills) No 2102, who confirms on page 384 that the embroidered versions wer... read more
RECCE Reconnaissance Corps Gilt Brass Shoulder Title
Scarce brass overseas made shoulder title, " Recce " with integral lugs to the reverse. The square lugs suggesting an Indian made and as issued to Indian RECCE units engaged in the Burma campaign. Some wear to gilt finish otherwise in good condition.
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Royal Marines ( RM ) Commando Trained Soldier Dagger Embroidered Cloth Proficiency Arm Badge `
Red embroidered dagger on blue. Circa 6cm tall. Removed from uniform - some minor pulling to red threads and edge fraying to blue cloth edges.
Edwards & Langley No 141A refers.
WW2 13th Corps / British Element, Trieste Force (BETFOR) Printed Formation Sign
A printed red leaping gazelle on a white circle in a red square with a narrow white border, looks unissued. Stylized version, facing right. A bit grubby but good condition overall. According to Oliver Lock also worn by those Italians who had opted to fight on the allies side as F Recce Squadron.
Davis describes as rare (item 39).
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