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Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 26-09-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By castagain
Thanks Paul, I appreciate it. Hope all is well...

Thanks Paul, I appreciate it. Hope all is well with you.

Cheers,
Donovan
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 25-09-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By castagain
Thank you Grognard94, excellent news. I...

Thank you Grognard94, excellent news. I appreciate the confirmation.

Stay well,
Donovan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 03-08-20, 03:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By castagain
Agree, Julian would be the best source for...

Agree, Julian would be the best source for confirmation. Looking at John O'Connor's book "Australian Airborne: The History and Insignia of Australian Military Parachuting," I'd say this wing closely...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 20-07-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 883
Posted By castagain
A beautiful group, Mike, thanks for sharing the...

A beautiful group, Mike, thanks for sharing the photo. Like my old dog who twitches in her sleep while dreaming of rabbits she chased years ago, we collectors dream of chasing groups of rare...
Forum: Cavalry, Yeomanry, Tank/RAC Badges 12-07-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By castagain
Wow, a fascinating collection, Les! Thanks for...

Wow, a fascinating collection, Les! Thanks for sharing it with the forum.

Stay well,
Donovan
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 06-07-20, 01:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By castagain
Apologies for weighing in late, Boes92, but I...

Apologies for weighing in late, Boes92, but I agree with my friends who have already commented — a well made, locally produced wing that in materials and construction resembles other wings from the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 23-06-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 836
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: 219
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: 10
Views: 536
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: 219
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: 447
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: 447
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: 256
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: 7,838
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: 7,838
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: 7,838
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: 7,838
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: 7,838
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: 675
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: 972
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: 1,703
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: 1,114
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: 1,114
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: 392
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: 392
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....
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