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Old 28-07-20, 02:04 PM
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Picked this brassard up locally from a largish UN collection. Nice clean example for the 3rd Bn Royal Australian Regiment. Correct me if 3rd Bn is not right. Displaying the insignia of their assignment. Commonwealth Forces patch as well the US. Presidential Unit Citation ribbon. A well made para wing. Possibly Asian made. The wing exhibits some characteristics of what I always associated (rightly or wrongly) with WW2 manufacture. This would likely date to late Korean War. 1953-54 or so. Best Jack


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I would say possibly worn in Korean 1953/54.

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Thanks Mick. Was the RAR Para trained or was it only this individual?
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Thanks Mick. Was the RAR Para trained or was it only this individual?
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I would say individual.

Delta Coy 6RAR was the first RAR subunit to be para trained and that was in the mid 1980s. 3RAR then became paratroopers up until a couple of years ago.

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Nice brassard! here is a pic I took at the AWM.
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Do you think it's made up?
Why would the US. Presidential Unit Citation be there?
What type of wing is that? Has anyone else seen that type of wing from the 50's with those colours?
Nice wing it just seems odd.
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Do you think it's made up?
Why would the US. Presidential Unit Citation be there?
What type of wing is that? Has anyone else seen that type of wing from the 50's with those colours?
Nice wing it just seems odd.
3RAR were awarded the PUC for the Battle of Kapyong during the Korean War.

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I understand that Mick but it was worn on the chest on the right hand side not on a chevron.
I wonder if the recipient, if all of this is kosher, added it to the chevron after his service.
Then there's that different wing that I haven't seen before.
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I understand that Mick but it was worn on the chest on the right hand side not on a chevron.
I wonder if the recipient, if all of this is kosher, added it to the chevron after his service.
Then there's that different wing that I haven't seen before.
The PUC was worn on the shoulder by many soldiers during the 1950s and 1960s. You can see some examples of this one the AWM website. I've also seen it on other brassards as well.

I also think the wing may well be Malay made. 3RAR served in Malaya from 1957-59 so I think its very possible a para qualified 3RAR digger wore in it in Malaya. It's certainly not an issued wing.

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The badge was referred to in Australia as the United States Distinguished Unit Citation and was worn on both sleeves immediately below the embroidered shoulder title until the early 1970s at least.

By 1976 it was worn on the right breast immediately above the pocket. Can vouch for that because that's how we wore it in that year. At that time the brooch was the only item on issue.

The gilt edged brooch was referred to in Standing Orders for Dress at least as early as 1952.

The British pattern parachute wings were also approved for use with the Australian Army in 1952.

Yes, this combination of badges could have existed at least by 1952.

We did have an Airborne Platoon at School of Land/Air Warfare from about 1951. The British pattern parachute badge was worn only by instructors, and personnel who had qualified as instructors. Other personnel wore the white parachute on khaki backing.

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I want to thank everyone whose has commented on the brassard. You by far no better than I. Had never considered it anything other than authentic to the period. There can be no good reason at least to me to fabricate a piece like this. Too obscure IMO.

The para wings are different and my first impression was Asian made.
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The badge was referred to in Australia as the United States Distinguished Unit Citation and was worn on both sleeves immediately below the embroidered shoulder title until the early 1970s at least.

By 1976 it was worn on the right breast immediately above the pocket. Can vouch for that because that's how we wore it in that year. At that time the brooch was the only item on issue.

The gilt edged brooch was referred to in Standing Orders for Dress at least as early as 1952.

The British pattern parachute wings were also approved for use with the Australian Army in 1952.

Yes, this combination of badges could have existed at least by 1952.

We did have an Airborne Platoon at School of Land/Air Warfare from about 1951. The British pattern parachute badge was worn only by instructors, and personnel who had qualified as instructors. Other personnel wore the white parachute on khaki backing.

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Thanks for that info Keith.
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Just my two cents, I believe the brassard is original and post 1953 given the grown on the 1st Commonwealth Division badge.

Attached is one of my favourite photos showing members of the AATTV with the PUC worn on the sleeve.

As for the wing, I believe it's most likely a Japanese made wing given the fine materials used in the construction.

Lovely brassard Jack

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Paul.... Thanks for your input. Great photo, interesting in that some are wearing two PUC’s on their sleeve. As opposed to one with an oak leaf cluster attached too denote 2nd award.

Japanese made wing sounds logical. The craftsmanship is quite good. On the blue wings themselves the threads have been sewn in 3 different directions. Took a bit of time.

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Just my two cents, I believe the brassard is original and post 1953 given the grown on the 1st Commonwealth Division badge.

Attached is one of my favourite photos showing members of the AATTV with the PUC worn on the sleeve.

As for the wing, I believe it's most likely a Japanese made wing given the fine materials used in the construction.

Lovely brassard Jack

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Major service and gongs there. From memory, I think one is a DCM but I could be wrong.
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