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Old 15-10-17, 05:54 PM
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I don't believe the book provides much additional information.
All the original 400 badges were made by JR Gaunt starting in spring 1944 and as already mentioned were all numbered.

Keep in mind the unit was disbanded in July 1945. The commandos tradition in France was maintained with the creation of the 'commandos marine' in April 1946. The badge was very much inspired from the 1er BFM original design created by M. Chauvet, with the new title 'Commando marine'.

The back of the original badge doesn't show any detail contrary to the one for sale on EBay. It is pretty much flat.

As for a restrike made for the movie 'The longest Day', no such thing existed. Attached is a photo of C. Marquand who portrayed Cdt Kieffer (the unit CO); you can clearly see the badge has a 'Commando marine' title.

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