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Old 04-12-17, 10:15 PM
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Great -- thank you. Clearly, judging from Jon's photo, the Southern Division sign came in a variety of colour combinations. Has anyone done a closer study of these, I wonder?
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Old 04-12-17, 10:37 PM
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I found the following online orbat of the original BAOR:
http://www.orbat.info/history/volume...nal%20BAOR.pdf
It makes for very interesting reading, and suggests a whole formation sign study in itself.
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Old 04-12-17, 11:32 PM
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Until I find the original, here's the text:

Mrs K Barraud, Norfolk House, 4 Glen Road, Boscombe, Hants, England

S/76524 Sgt Barraud P HQ 12 Div (SDF), MEF 4pm Friday 28 Jan 44

Dear Kay,

Thanks for your airgraph of 11 Jan 44 which arrived one day after the air mail letter card of the same date. I hope that this will reach you at your new address - if you are still there! (I agree that consequative looks as well as consecuctive!!)

I had a very nice night out on Wednesday. Went to one of the local cinemas and saw Cedric Hardwicke in “The Moon is Down” - it was a first rate film and I expect that you have seen it. As a sidelight I tell you that the house was not full by any means, but that another cinema nearby showing “Road to Morocco” with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour was packed!

No particular news here. It has been nice the last 2 days, but wind got up yesterday. Still we had our weekly hot sulphur bath. Ye Gods, it gets hotter and hotter, but it is a grand bath. Had a walk down to the sea a couple of days ago. This afternoon is very quiet because everyone is out at a football match and I don’t suppose I shall be working after 5.

I must agree we had a good Xmas from the physical point of view, but then I have always tried to impress upon you all at home that I am living in the lap of luxury - perhaps now you will believe it!

Au revoir. Love to J & you.

Yours, Philip.
Mike,

Many, many thanks for this, and a great piece of provenance clearly indicating Sgt Barraud as HQ 12 Div (SDF) - not that I have any reason to doubt this anyway. However, this aside, I think I too would have had a hard choice between the “Road to Morocco” and the “The Moon is Down”, but having just had a quick review of the laters cast list, I’m pretty sure I would have chosen the same.

Kind regards,

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Film reviews in 1944 Sudan are a very specialised subject for research! Mike
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A couple of mine like what you got.
I cant read the notation under the original post regarding this Div Sign so could you please tell me what it says.

Also what does the badge represent as I cant work it out.

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Old 09-12-17, 07:48 AM
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Simon,
How is this? Mike
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Old 09-12-17, 09:34 AM
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Mike,

Its not that one.
Its the in Post #9 by Marc.

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Old 09-12-17, 12:23 PM
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I cant read the notation under the original post regarding this Div Sign so could you please tell me what it says.

Also what does the badge represent as I cant work it out.

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From Heraldry in War: 116 Indian Inf Bde. A yellow Indian battle-axe on a royal blue rectangular background, within a narrow yellow border. The Brigade reoccupied the Andaman Island when the Japanese occupation troops surrendered. (Note: Originally a black battle-axe on a white ground)
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Thanks, not seen that one before, must be a rare short lived sign.

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Old 09-12-17, 02:21 PM
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Indeed it is. John Waring recorded two variants (JW2/B47 and JW2/B48) - Black axe on khaki diamond, Ptd and yellow axe on blue rectangle with yellow edge, EonF . Mike
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I have no connection to it - but it looks like one has just turned up on ebay! - Not my area of collecting, and I have no personal interest in the lot - but link here for those that do.
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Old 09-12-17, 04:20 PM
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I have no connection to it - but it looks like one has just turned up on ebay! - Not my area of collecting, and I have no personal interest in the lot - but link here for those that do.
Well - that's a remarkable coincidence! Mike
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