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Old 13-02-21, 08:37 AM
Colin S Colin S is offline
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I’m no expert but looking at ‘Personal Distinctions- 350 years of Royal Marines Uniforms and Insignia’ by John Rawlinson, it confirms the Combined Ops badges were issued for the ‘blue serge suit’ but it is not clear whether that was the red on blue version sewn onto the blue battledress or a bullion version used on dress blues. The red marksman’s badge was right for the ‘second blue suit’ (i.e. not the first one used for parades).

Personally I’d be cautious about gold bullion and red badges appearing on the same uniform, especially when the Combined Ops badge is facing backwards, but strange things happened in wartime, when there were thousands of marines and shortages of badges.

Here’s hoping someone with better knowledge can enlighten us both....
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