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Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 19-04-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 209
Posted By Colin S
Green stable belt

Could also be II Squadron Honourable Artillery Company - they prefer the smooth finish to the belt, as shown in the photograph, rather than the ribbed version worn by the RGJ/ Rifles.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 24-01-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 161
Posted By Colin S
2503 squadron combat uniform patch image...

2503 squadron combat uniform patch image attached....
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 24-01-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 161
Posted By Colin S
The Astral Crown and crossed rifles is the...

The Astral Crown and crossed rifles is the generic sign for the RAF Regiment as a whole and used as a black design on olive green patch for Regiment ‘gunners’ on MTP combat uniform for those not...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-12-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 371
Posted By Colin S
The AK hats I was referring to were not cold...

The AK hats I was referring to were not cold weather items but made in thin DPM material. They were similar to the issue DPM ‘crap hat’ but were private purchase and slightly different in shape. They...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 15-12-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 371
Posted By Colin S
The phrase comes from “hats AK” which was slang...

The phrase comes from “hats AK” which was slang for “hats Afrika Korps” which refers to a peaked combat cap with a neck flap. The British Army issued such factory made hats in plain khaki in the...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 18-11-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By Colin S
With the missing ‘HAC’ it would be an officer’s...

With the missing ‘HAC’ it would be an officer’s No.1 Dress hat badge (for the Marching Detachment) - also used as an officer’s beret badge for HAC Corps of Drums and the Band.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 18-11-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By Colin S
DZ flash

To be strictly accurate it is the DZ flash for the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, of which the Pathfinder Platoon was a component part, but the BRF contained other elements such as the Engineer Recce...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 04-09-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,474
Posted By Colin S
Great book - Comprehensive and thorough coverage...

Great book - Comprehensive and thorough coverage of all the RAF para units. I very much recommend it.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 01-08-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 220
Posted By Colin S
16 Company wore the armoured car DZ flash when...

16 Company wore the armoured car DZ flash when they first came into existence in the 1950s, and later the arrowhead design, on both arms of the Denison smock.The armoured cars were worn in facing...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 24-07-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Colin S
I have seen this photo captioned as containing...

I have seen this photo captioned as containing the coiled long rope for descending from the high trees after a tree jump…
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 22-07-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Colin S
That would fit the bill, then. When I jumped with...

That would fit the bill, then. When I jumped with an SLR went inside two weapon sleeves - I don’t think it gave the weapon any protection but might have stopped it snagging on the rigging lines in...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 21-07-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Colin S
How about the end caps being for the 3.5 inch...

How about the end caps being for the 3.5 inch bazooka which was the British airborne anti tank weapon in the 1950s? I think the container itself was a generic item used by all parachute troops but...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 17-07-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By Colin S
Pakistani in my opinion too. The way the rigging...

Pakistani in my opinion too. The way the rigging lines go up into the canopy and curl round and down again is a characteristic of wings made in the Indian sub- continent and it corresponds with other...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 25-04-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Colin S
In my opinion the two camo ones are duff - UKSF...

In my opinion the two camo ones are duff - UKSF don’t wear wings on camouflage uniforms. The two middle ones could be genuine RGJ/ Rifles issue and the bottom one could be for any red uniform - mess...
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 14-04-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Colin S
Duplicate - ignore.

Duplicate - ignore.
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 14-04-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Colin S
Thanks Marc, I knew you’d have the answer. Must...

Thanks Marc, I knew you’d have the answer. Must be the later band version, as no leather backing.
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 14-04-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Colin S
Unusual RA stable belt

I have just been given a very small (28 inch long) RA stable belt, with an unusual buckle. Can anyone say who this was used by and when?
Forum: Formation Signs and Patches 25-03-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 304
Posted By Colin S
Grey was certainly the most appropriate colour...

Grey was certainly the most appropriate colour for the BLMF!
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 25-03-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 963
Posted By Colin S
Coloured parachute wings

Further research confirms the full size black-on-red wings were for the 2nd Bn Royal Green Jackets (the former K.R.RC.) using the red facings of their predecessor unit. The black-on-rifle green...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 24-03-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 963
Posted By Colin S
I agree most of your listings except: Row 1...

I agree most of your listings except:

Row 1 - 3 is RM only (for the stone shirt).

Row 2 - first one is NOT Australian Commando (4RAR or 1 or 2 Cdo Regt) as they use a completely different...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 24-03-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 963
Posted By Colin S
I agree with Dragon about the two different RAF...

I agree with Dragon about the two different RAF issues. I have always understood the black blacked wings to be something to do with the Royal Artillery (as identified by Bragg & Turner), but more...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 13-03-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By Colin S
The patch which started the thread is Danish Navy...

The patch which started the thread is Danish Navy SF - Frogman Corps arm patch, (so not RNLMC). Used in Afghanistan.
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 02-03-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By Colin S
Looking at Alan Conradi’s excellent book...

Looking at Alan Conradi’s excellent book “Insignia of the Belgian Para-Commandos”, the wings would seem to date from the end of the 1950s and the Pegasus style from the 1970s. The medals might...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 28-02-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By Colin S
It’s my specialist area of interest and, as the...

It’s my specialist area of interest and, as the Editor for Chute and Dagger UK, I’ve been lucky enough to see most of the wings currently available, but there are always new ones and obscure ones to...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 27-02-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By Colin S
A red backing to the normal metal Isreali wings...

A red backing to the normal metal Isreali wings does still signify a combat jump, but these wings don’t look like the issue ones. The Isrealis don’t normally have cloth wings and these look like a...
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