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Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 23-06-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 648
Posted By castagain
Timmy, There are other SAS experts on the...

Timmy,

There are other SAS experts on the Forum who no doubt can tell you much more about this particular wing than I can, but I thought you might want some information right away.

This style...
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 05-06-20, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 164
Posted By castagain
My pleasure, Rob, glad to assist. Here's a...

My pleasure, Rob, glad to assist.

Here's a photo of the four unofficial USN sub pins in my collection. The Electric Boat (EB) pin is the closest to being an official pin, given out at ceremonies...
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 04-06-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By castagain
Hello Harry, Sounds like you've already...

Hello Harry,

Sounds like you've already checked the Bragg & Turner books for the USSR badges. Badges 3, 4 and 7 are post-Soviet unofficial badges created in 1992 for Ukraine, Kazakhstan and...
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 04-06-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 164
Posted By castagain
Hello Rob, Could be one of the many...

Hello Rob,

Could be one of the many variations of unofficial pre-war and WW2 submarine pins that were made in machine shops at naval bases and sold to submarine crew members as souvenirs. I don’t...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 21-04-20, 02:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 410
Posted By castagain
Hello cymro, I added the full citation for...

Hello cymro, I added the full citation for Baltzer and Micheletti to my post #13 above.

Best regards,
Donovan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 20-04-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 410
Posted By castagain
I agree with Paul — Commandos de France insignia...

I agree with Paul — Commandos de France insignia are not my area of expertise, but the materials and construction look promising to me, as seen in other locally made variants of the area and period. ...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 27-02-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By castagain
Opinions on SAS wing

Hello all,

I'd be interested in your opinions on the authenticity and era of this SAS para wing. It has the unusual feature of white accent thread along the bottom of the wing, rather than the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 03-02-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,709
Posted By castagain
Edy, I added the diameter measurement to my post...

Edy, I added the diameter measurement to my post #90.

Cheers,
Donovan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 02-02-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,709
Posted By castagain
Hello Edy, Thanks for your positive...

Hello Edy,

Thanks for your positive contributions to this thread -- as Mike said, it has been very informative and educational for me, particularly regarding the sand cast LRDG variants, of which...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 01-02-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,709
Posted By castagain
...here's a better shot from the other side.

...here's a better shot from the other side.
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 01-02-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,709
Posted By castagain
Of course, Mike, glad to oblige. Hope these...

Of course, Mike, glad to oblige. Hope these photos are clear enough, it's a challenge to my photography skills to get a sharp image from the side.

Best regards,
Donovan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 01-02-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,709
Posted By castagain
In hope of replying to atillathenunns' post #21,...

In hope of replying to atillathenunns' post #21, here's what I believe to be an original cast LRDG badge, from my collection.

Best regards,
Donovan
Forum: Sweetheart, Veteran, Lapel Badges and Challenge Coins 27-01-20, 01:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 516
Posted By castagain
To add to the conversation, here's a FSSF pin I...

To add to the conversation, here's a FSSF pin I have in my collection -- well made, 35mm by 15mm. I was unaware that the FSSF even had a DUI, so I assume this was an older association pin.
...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 18-01-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 907
Posted By castagain
Gary1666, To answer your question about a...

Gary1666,

To answer your question about a good starter reference book on SF badges, I’d recommend “Some Talk of Private Armies,” by Len Whittaker. A thin book, but with well written summaries and...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 15-12-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,687
Posted By castagain
Well said Luke, I agree — to me, this Forum has...

Well said Luke, I agree — to me, this Forum has been an invaluable source of information and goodwill. Long may it be so to others!

Happy holidays to all,
Donovan
Forum: New Zealand Badges 04-10-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,079
Posted By castagain
Giving this thread a bump, to see if I can spark...

Giving this thread a bump, to see if I can spark a continued conversation.

Regards,
Donovan
Forum: New Zealand Badges 01-09-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,079
Posted By castagain
Great thread on an iconic badge, more proof of...

Great thread on an iconic badge, more proof of the value of this Forum.

Omok1, you caught my attention with a comment in your post above: "Similarly a known original (but again with no LRP...
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 16-06-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By castagain
Hello Sunil, like you I am not a collector of...

Hello Sunil, like you I am not a collector of French insignia, my primary interest has always been parachute units. But a few years ago I ran across a few French airborne badges that were just...
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 15-06-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By castagain
A good reference book on French Saharan unit...

A good reference book on French Saharan unit insignia is "Insignes de l'Armée Française: Les Sahariens," by Jean-François Boucher. Published in April 1982 by Editions Copernic, ISBN 2-903916-00-4....
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-06-19, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 803
Posted By castagain
Freddy, I’ll venture a different opinion. You...

Freddy, I’ll venture a different opinion. You may have an early para wing from Nigeria. I got my start collecting international para badges, before I branched out into other areas. The reference...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-06-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 631
Posted By castagain
I agree with my friend Luc’s advice — start going...

I agree with my friend Luc’s advice — start going through the threads and albums on the Forum, you’ll be able to calibrate your eye for the design, materials and construction of original badges, and...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-04-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By castagain
Israeli Defense Forces, Golani Brigade.

Israeli Defense Forces, Golani Brigade.
Forum: Reproductions, Restrikes, Fakes, Forgeries, and Copies 13-03-19, 11:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By castagain
P.S. on the SFHQ patch

Hello again, I thought I should cite the articles wherein the SFHQ patch is mentioned, in case anyone in the future wants to track down the original articles in the Trading Post:

"The SF Wing,...
Forum: Reproductions, Restrikes, Fakes, Forgeries, and Copies 13-03-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By castagain
RE: SFHQ patch

Les Hughes’ website, www.insigne.org, has reference articles posted on it that he wrote in the mid-1990s for the quarterly magazine Trading Post, the publication for the American Society of Military...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 30-01-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,227
Posted By castagain
Ah, mystery solved, thanks Colin. But the...

Ah, mystery solved, thanks Colin. But the possibilities had me going for a while.... Long live Chute and Dagger, a great resource — I’ve been a US member for many years.

Mike, thanks for your...
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