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Old 20-05-24, 10:14 PM
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I have been trying to close out the infantry element of my collection of 6th Airborne Division cap badges. After reading up on the LightBobs website - http://www.lightbobs.com/head-dress-...1882-1965.html - I had been holding out for a silvered Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry collar badge.

Then a few months back I paid a visit to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock (well worth a visit) and saw the pictured badge on display. Now I know there are plenty of examples of re-struck and incorrect badges and militaria being placed on display in museums - but I realised I had also seen such a badge also being offered on eBay at the time, albeit with awful pictures clearly taken by an orbiting satellite!!

So how did I do? As pictured, a white metal collar sized strung horn badge, or might be plated as there is some brown colouration coming through with wear, with two aged copper D loops to the rear positioned East-West.

I would be interested to hear comments on whether this is a WWII era example badge suitable for wear on an Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry airborne beret?

Cheers......John
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Old 21-05-24, 11:59 AM
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I have been trying to close out the infantry element of my collection of 6th Airborne Division cap badges. After reading up on the LightBobs website - http://www.lightbobs.com/head-dress-...1882-1965.html - I had been holding out for a silvered Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry collar badge.

Then a few months back I paid a visit to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock (well worth a visit) and saw the pictured badge on display. Now I know there are plenty of examples of re-struck and incorrect badges and militaria being placed on display in museums - but I realised I had also seen such a badge also being offered on eBay at the time, albeit with awful pictures clearly taken by an orbiting satellite!!

So how did I do? As pictured, a white metal collar sized strung horn badge, or might be plated as there is some brown colouration coming through with wear, with two aged copper D loops to the rear positioned East-West.

I would be interested to hear comments on whether this is a WWII era example badge suitable for wear on an Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry airborne beret?

Cheers......John
Hi John,

To me it looks WW2 original. I have the exact same pattern. Except the lugs type.
I watched a lot of photos, and this is the right type worn by OX & Bucks during WW2. You can see many photos of veteran after war in normandy wearing the incorrect version on a bright green backing.
I guess they were not collectors like us and wore what they had.
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Old 21-05-24, 01:04 PM
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I recently acquired this OX & BUCKS LI Field Service Cap. Seems to be an other ranks type dating from just before and worn through WW2. The badge with two lugs appears to be plated and of the type subsequently worn on the maroon beret.

Tim
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Old 21-05-24, 08:01 PM
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Here's Major John Howard's badge from the Pegasus museum. It appears to be plated.
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Old 21-05-24, 09:44 PM
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Gentlemen thank you for your replies. Excellent news to hear I have hit the mark with this little badge.

Your badge Tim appears to have the same D shaped lugs. I recall salivating over it when you first showed it!

Thank you for posting Major Howard’s badge Luc, again it seems a good match.

Well that then completes my Airlanding Landing / infantry combat echelon badges of the 6th Airborne Division, so here is a ‘for fun’ shot…

Shaped Parachute Regiment cap badge with lugs;
Royal Ulster Regiment cap badge with slider maker marked F.N B’ham (my first ever purchase from this forum thanks to hindoostan);
Devonshire Regiment cap badge with slider (my first gifted badge as a boy from an ‘uncle’/family friend who served during WWII as an officer with the Devons in the Far East);
Ox&Bucks LI (from eBay);
Canadian Parachute Corps plastic cap badge with the pin, likely unissued given some of the plastic flashing still present (purchased from The Collectors Guild in Canada);
With an original 1945 Air Ministry account of the British Airborne Divisions’ then history (a gift from my wife!).

Cheers……John
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Old 21-05-24, 10:55 PM
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Gentlemen thank you for your replies. Excellent news to hear I have hit the mark with this little badge.

Your badge Tim appears to have the same D shaped lugs. I recall salivating over it when you first showed it!

Thank you for posting Major Howard’s badge Luc, again it seems a good match.

Well that then completes my Airlanding Landing / infantry combat echelon badges of the 6th Airborne Division, so here is a ‘for fun’ shot…

Shaped Parachute Regiment cap badge with lugs;
Royal Ulster Regiment cap badge with slider maker marked F.N B’ham (my first ever purchase from this forum thanks to hindoostan);
Devonshire Regiment cap badge with slider (my first gifted badge as a boy from an ‘uncle’/family friend who served during WWII as an officer with the Devons in the Far East);
Ox&Bucks LI (from eBay);
Canadian Parachute Corps plastic cap badge with the pin, likely unissued given some of the plastic flashing still present (purchased from The Collectors Guild in Canada);
With an original 1945 Air Ministry account of the British Airborne Divisions’ then history (a gift from my wife!).

Cheers……John
Great collection John. The Canadian Parachute Corps plastic cap badge is rare to find and quite pricey. A lot of fake ones out there.
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