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Old 15-12-20, 04:25 AM
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Default Early Parachute Wings (1941)

Did the early (circa 1941) British Parachute Wings have a black cloth backing? Can anyone post a photo of an original pair?
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Old 15-12-20, 11:35 AM
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Hello Eagle Squadron,

Welcome to the forum.

Early para wings were issued on khaki and black backings in a rectangle shape. There was no significance to the backing colour, it was just how the wings were produced by the manufacture. In 1940-41, official correspondence was issued stating that the wings were to be issued on a khaki background, however wings continued to be produced on black backing. The wings were sometimes applied to the uniform in the rectangle shape and also trimmed down.

Attached is an early wing on a black ground that has been trimmed down and padded.

I hope this helps.

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Old 15-12-20, 03:20 PM
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As Paul said, the color of the backing is not an indication of early wings.
Check this out https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/fo...ad.php?t=80666
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Hello Eagle Squadron,
You might be interested in a glance at the following blog article I wrote a few months ago with tcrown's significant assistance; https://arnhemjim.blogspot.com/2020/...-wings-of.html .
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Old 15-12-20, 11:29 PM
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Hello Eagle Squadron,
You might be interested in a glance at the following blog article I wrote a few months ago with tcrown's significant assistance; https://arnhemjim.blogspot.com/2020/...-wings-of.html .
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Excellent article - thanks to you both - excellent illustrations.
I am a bit confused though as I thought the 'cloud' pattern canopy (as attached images) was the first issue wing - any elaboration appreciated.
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Old 16-12-20, 02:54 AM
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Excellent article - thanks to you both - excellent illustrations.
I am a bit confused though as I thought the 'cloud' pattern canopy (as attached images) was the first issue wing - any elaboration appreciated.
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Thanks Mike. I have added a post as promised re the 'cloud' type in my 'early wings' original thread.
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