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Old 06-09-21, 07:04 PM
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Tim would you say this is a badge made to decieve, if it cannot be laundered and cannot handle rain! what use Iis It?

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Billy,
I seem to recall that in the early 2000s an eBay seller had a regular supply of various DZ flashes made on a sewing machine from coloured cloth including some designs which dated from the 1950s and 1960s.
We need more opinions from the airborne collectors on the Forum.

That said the Pathfinder Platoon was only 30 men so large quantities of flashes were not necessary?

Paradata shows a similar flash as the 1985 first pattern: https://www.paradata.org.uk/media/6119

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The first patterns of the Pathfinder badges were made from cloth and felt on cloth.

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Old 06-09-21, 09:19 PM
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So this could well be good? Gets confusing doesn't it? Well I am anyway! This is mint and hasn't been used, many thanks for your imput, billy
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When 5th Airborne Brigade was set up in 1983, like its predecessor 16 Para Bde, it used DZ flashes made by units tailors from whatever materials they had to hand. These were later replaced by the standard merrowed edged versions still used today. The Pathfinder Platoon was a small and ‘off the books’ unit for its early life and certainly used tailor made DZ flashes like the one shown in this thread. (Such DZ flashes did fade and loose colour, which is probably why the standardised merrowed edge versions became issue items, as they are colour-fast).

I don’t know whether this DZ flash is an original from the early 1980s or a more modern reproduction, but they have been copied.
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Old 07-09-21, 12:33 PM
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Thanks Colin in fairness it is well made, bit when I guess?
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"Parachute Regiment" Shoulder Titles and Qualification Wing are fine.
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Thanks Luc thought they were! But had to check!
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5 Airborne Pathfinder is the early badge, pre the issue badge, the shape of the arrow is the give away. Regards Mark
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A few more examples, early and later as discussed.

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