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Old 15-05-24, 02:02 PM
BillS BillS is offline
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Default Unusual WW2 sleeve eagle

I posted the photo below on the "It's a mystery" section of the Common forum back in April hoping that someone could throw some light on what I though were parachute wings that the sergeant was wearing. One of the replies to the thread, which can be found here identified them as an RAF shoulder eagle, and further discussion suggested that what I originally thought to be an army Staff Sergeant's insignia above the stripes was probably a parachute instructors badge.

This all seems plausible, but I was left wondering about the unusual colour of the shoulder eagle which is dark on a light coloured patch rather that the normal light colour on a dark background. Further investigation leads me to think that it might be a red on tan "tropical" version of the shoulder badge. Is this likely to be the case, and are there any other possibilities? And does anyone know in which areas the "tropical" version was worn?
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