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Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 30-03-18, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By johanwiegman
SAS title

hi,

SAS title is original. Fifties, this sample is unworn, apparently.

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 24-03-18, 03:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,066
Posted By johanwiegman
Beret

Friends,

That is a British beret, not Rhodie.

Any markings in the liner? Have you tried the wet test? I mean, if you wet the lining, any beret markings come out more clearly.

Cheers,
...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 26-02-18, 09:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,480
Posted By johanwiegman
White SAS berets

Friends,

There are some pictures of the original early white SAS berets in 'Gentleman Jim' the book on Jim Almonds.

The white berets were very shortlived. Have a look at some original berets...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 18-02-18, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By johanwiegman
Steamer Point

Friends,

Steamer Point was a location where military tailors were located in Aden.

See label and wing as sold in Aden.

The 1949 pattern shown in earlier post was probably just made in the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 17-02-18, 10:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By johanwiegman
1949 pattern

Friends,

A lovely sample of the 1949 pattern wing!

Black cloth on the reverse, I would think! Although I have seen one with a paper back.

Well done!

Cheers,
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 26-01-18, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By johanwiegman
21 pattern

Hi Richie,

The typical 21 Winged Dagger pattern, first worn on the arm as a rectangular patch, then cut to a shield shape (albeit a bit irregular) and moved to the maroon beret, later the sand...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 10-01-18, 08:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By johanwiegman
Beret badges

Friends,

Late in WW2, during operation Howard (6-29 April 1945) 1st SAS operated in support of Canadian armoured units at the Rhine crossing and in Northern Germany, as recce units in their...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 10-01-18, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By johanwiegman
Metal para wing

Friends,

That metal, enamel para wing I have seen worn on the battledress pocket like that by Belgian 5 SAS.

I think it came from the Belgian parachute company as it is a regular British Para...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-01-18, 05:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By johanwiegman
Operation Keystone

Friends,

I received the book.

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 31-12-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By johanwiegman
Dutch SAS

hi JB,

Indeed a piece of untold SAS history. I will get that book ASAP!

Thanks for informing us!

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 04-11-17, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By johanwiegman
handmade wings

hi Jack,

In handmade wings, anything is possible! I believe the original wings were very well and professionally made in the well known colours, but (new) unit members can have taken original...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 02-11-17, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By johanwiegman
Egypt made wings

hi Jack,

I have never seen early SAS wings with red thread details.

cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 22-10-17, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By johanwiegman
2nd SAS title

hi Luc,

No doubts whatsoever on this one!

There are quite a few variations in terms of the material on the reverse: no gauze (like on this one), black gauze, fine tan gauze, rough tan gauze.
...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 08-10-17, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By johanwiegman
beret

I agree! It is so easy to stick a new beret badge to a new beret!

Of course, it is technically still a SAS beret, but not very collectable as never issued to or worn by a serving member of the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-10-17, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 608
Posted By johanwiegman
3 para

not to be touched with a bargepole, mate!
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-10-17, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By johanwiegman
Fake

Hi Steve,

As fake as a three-dollar bill, as our American friends say.

The sheer amount of material at the back is also a giveaway, as is the general look and feel: Made in Pakistan!
...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 21-08-17, 06:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By johanwiegman
BD

Friends,

I fully agree: this BD is not to be touched with a bargepole!

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 08-08-17, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By johanwiegman
Mutilated beret badges

You are quite right, mate!

It is not so easy, even for an experienced tailor, to cut a proper shield shape. I have seen a lot of weird shapes, some beret badges sewn on uncut and some beret...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 08-08-17, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By johanwiegman
2nd SAS BD

Friends,

Give this BD a very wide berth! None of it is correct, apart from the medal ribbons...

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-08-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By johanwiegman
Beret badge

Hi,

Please note that beret badge is unshaped, as issued and also as sold by military tailors at the time. They would be cut into a shield shape and sewn on the beret. This explains the wide...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 02-08-17, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 426
Posted By johanwiegman
Titles

Friends,

The title is the last Belgian SAS pattern, white rather than light blue.

The Belgian SAS originated in the Belgian Parachute Company, hence the regular British parachute wings, which...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 28-07-17, 11:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By johanwiegman
Hi Jerry, A very good find! These early 21...

Hi Jerry,

A very good find! These early 21 titles are quite rare!

No doubts whatsoever about it. The mesh on the back matches with the title I posted a picture of.

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 28-07-17, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By johanwiegman
Mike, Very nice BD, a pity the wings were...

Mike,

Very nice BD, a pity the wings were removed!

Cheers,

Johan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 16-04-17, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 932
Posted By johanwiegman
MS shield

[QUOTE=blackpowder44;401518]The cloth SAS badge in this auction is in my opinion not the real deal. I always understood that in the correct badge the point of the kriss did not pass into the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 16-04-17, 04:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,007
Posted By johanwiegman
5 SAS

hi Des,

You are right, of course!

Cheers,

Johan
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