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Old 16-01-14, 01:38 PM
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Default Possible French/Canadian Airforce or Parachute Reg?

Hi all, recently acquired a rather large badge collection and am in the process of identifying and cataloging them. I can see there are going to be quite a few I am unable to identify so here is the first of probably many photos. If anyone has any idea or can help in any way I would be most grateful.

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French paratrooper "Brevet", created early post-war and still proudly worn today.....Some are numbered to the owner....some not,those are replacement.Many makers but, Drago is the most common maker of the wings.

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Thanks Jo!

It does have some writing on the back but this looks like the address of the maker?

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Delsart is one of the authorized dealers/makers of badges for the French forces. Still in business south of Paris.
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BPM: Brevet de Parachutiste Militaire
Modèle 1946
Nicknamed "la plaque à vélo" (the bicycle plaque) because of the rays look of the ropes.
Meant to replace all previous para wings (Brits, US, Polish, FFL...).
Given numbered when para training pass.
Could be either cast (from the 1980ies) or strike. Chrome cast were locally made in Indochina.
Many diverse manufacturers and variants:
Drago, Arthus-Bertrand, Mourgeon (always from the 50ies and unique wings detached from the parachute), Andor, Béraudy-Vaur, Coinderoux, Balmes...).
The one given after the course are contracted and few maker were awarded this (Drago and Coinderoux for sure).
Most guy would have "fantôche" (not regulation means issued) one to wear for many reasons :duplicates for different uniforms, just not to loose the original numbered one, shiner version...

Issued to some 16th AAB guys every years as it gives a reservoir of able liaison team or HQ brick to jump with couterparts.
French Para got for the same reasons British para qualified
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