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Old 18-12-19, 02:24 PM
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Default Unknown para wing and engineer flash

Hi,
I bought a bag of items recently, most of which were South African and Rhodesian. Among the items were these two items that I need identification on.

1. Appears to be an Engineer Corps flash but not certain whether helmet, slouch hat or uniform. It is woven and wrapped over a piece of stiff hessian type cloth.

2. An embroidered wing in red on white cotton with a white parachute in centre of wing. The backing has remains of a synthetic material typically seen on some SA badges from the 1970's or 1980's

Any help appreciated

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Steven
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Old 18-12-19, 02:36 PM
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Hi Steven, interesting lot, loving the 'bat' wing, possible 'Recce'? Regards Mark
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Old 18-12-19, 02:53 PM
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Thanks Mark,
I have trawled through all the SA and Rhodesian insignia books and cannot find a similar wing, but it is unusual and i'm sure someone will recognize it.
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Old 18-12-19, 03:35 PM
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Could the "bat wings" have an Israeli connection ?
"Shayetet 13 (Hebrew: שייטת 13‎, lit. Flotilla 13) is a unit of the Israeli Navy and one of the primary sayeret (reconnaissance) units of the Israel Defense Forces."

Their badge has similar 'wings' but a different emblem.
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Old 18-12-19, 03:47 PM
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As I recall the central design of the Israeli badge is a shield with sword or torch?
Bat wing type para badges are or were worn by Ethiopians, Tunisians, I think Russians and no doubt others.
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Old 18-12-19, 05:39 PM
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The style of manufacture looks similar to other SA made badges, so it may be a sample or even a non-military jump wing. It is rather thread bare like a badge that has been through the laundry a few to many times.
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