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Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-09-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,084
Posted By Colin S
When 5th Airborne Brigade was set up in 1983,...

When 5th Airborne Brigade was set up in 1983, like its predecessor 16 Para Bde, it used DZ flashes made by units tailors from whatever materials they had to hand. These were later replaced by the...
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 03-09-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By Colin S
Pete is entirely right about the navy version -...

Pete is entirely right about the navy version - I’d forgotten that the navy badge is issued in a tombstone shape, so glad he corrected that mistake. Yours must be Army issue.
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 03-09-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By Colin S
Not 3 Commando Brigade RM but 3 Commando of the...

Not 3 Commando Brigade RM but 3 Commando of the Canadian Airborne Regiment (a company size unit) - pre 1995.
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 03-09-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By Colin S
No way to be sure. I’d guess that yours is an...

No way to be sure. I’d guess that yours is an Army one, only because the Navy version tends to be trimmed to just leave the dagger with a narrow black outline. Most badges tend to be tri-service now...
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 03-09-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By Colin S
If you’re talking about the dagger badge, this...

If you’re talking about the dagger badge, this has been used as a qualification badge for Army Commandos since the 1970s, worn on the left shoulder. Bullion versions with gold dagger are worn on the...
Forum: New Zealand Badges 30-08-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By Colin S
Thank you for the comprehensive replies. May I...

Thank you for the comprehensive replies. May I ask for clarification of what shade of blue is ‘purple navy’ ? I attach a photo of my beret (sorry about the quality) - is the badge backing ‘purple...
Forum: New Zealand Badges 29-08-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By Colin S
NZ military police beret

I have just acquired a navy blue/black beret (no label - lining cut out) bearing an anodised EIIR ‘Royal NZ Provost’ cap badge on a Royal blue badge backing. I understood that the beret colour...
Forum: Headdress 27-08-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 586
Posted By Colin S
Sizes given in metric - “54” etc - are clear...

Sizes given in metric - “54” etc - are clear indications that these are not WWII British issue.
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 23-08-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By Colin S
This is a copy of the adaptation of the WWII No.2...

This is a copy of the adaptation of the WWII No.2 Commando officer’s cap badge that was used as a beret badge by the post war Commando Association. (The original wartime badges did not have the word...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 23-08-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 376
Posted By Colin S
The large internal stiffener/badge backing is a...

The large internal stiffener/badge backing is a Canadian (and US) characteristic....
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 14-08-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By Colin S
Australian Army Aviation officer’s beret badge

Australian Army Aviation officer’s beret badge
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 04-08-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Colin S
The Free Norwegian forces in exile in the UK used...

The Free Norwegian forces in exile in the UK used British para wings in WWII, as they had para trained Commandos and the SOE related Kompani Linge and also the Norwegian Independent Parachute...
Forum: Reproductions, Restrikes, Fakes, Forgeries, and Copies 02-08-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By Colin S
Four combat (RAPAS) companies, plus one cmd/log...

Four combat (RAPAS) companies, plus one cmd/log company and one trg company.

Note that the photo above not only shows the beret badge on a maroon beret (compared to the redder beret worn by other...
Forum: Reproductions, Restrikes, Fakes, Forgeries, and Copies 01-08-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By Colin S
Not necessarily a fake....

This is not necessarily a fake! The French 1er RPIMa, the French equivalent of the SAS, recently re-adopted the ‘winged dagger’ with French language ‘Who Dares Wins’ motto, as they are descended from...
Forum: Other Army Departments and Corps Badges 27-07-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By Colin S
Patch worn behind RGR badge by 1 RGR is rifle...

Patch worn behind RGR badge by 1 RGR is rifle green, not black.
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 12-07-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Colin S
Not black but rifle green patch - Gurkhas are...

Not black but rifle green patch - Gurkhas are rifle regiments and normally wear a rifle green beret. The green patch was originally worn on a maroon beret by parachute trained RGR soldiers (only)...
Forum: The Classifieds: Sales and Wanted 07-07-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 862
Posted By Colin S
Those few Royal Navy telegraphists serving in a...

Those few Royal Navy telegraphists serving in a COBU supporting an airborne unit and who were parachute qualified unofficially wore a maroon beret with a Parachute Regiment cap badge whilst in...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 07-07-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Colin S
There have already been threads on this item on...

There have already been threads on this item on the Forum - definitely a fashion item, not real.
Forum: Foreign Badges and Insignia 01-07-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 312
Posted By Colin S
Looks French to me and in Foreign Legion colours,...

Looks French to me and in Foreign Legion colours, but I can’t help with the precise unit..
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 01-07-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By Colin S
The only other modern non Household Division unit...

The only other modern non Household Division unit that I can think of that wears cloth shoulder titles in No.2 Dress is the HAC. Their titles are rounded but they also have the Grenadier Guards...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 01-07-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By Colin S
Guards units have always used rounded end titles...

Guards units have always used rounded end titles as a way of distinguishing themselves and the London Regiment is the Guards Reserve regiment.....
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 30-06-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Colin S
Thanks Tim

Thanks Tim
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 30-06-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Colin S
Unknown TRF

Can anyone help me identify this British TRF?
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 07-06-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
Posted By Colin S
I agree - Terry is a top bloke and a trustworthy...

I agree - Terry is a top bloke and a trustworthy dealer
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 06-06-21, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By Colin S
Scandinavian Air Services ?

Scandinavian Air Services ?
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