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Old 12-04-14, 07:11 PM
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Default Odd badge on WWII Slouchie

I picked up this slouch hat today, but the badge is not one I recognise, though it strongly resembles the German DLV glider proficiency badge. Any thoguhts anyone as to what it is? It appears to have been in place for a long time and is a pin back badge similar to a sweetheart badge.

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Old 13-04-14, 11:20 AM
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I believe it's a West German Glider Pilot's stickpin badge.

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Old 13-04-14, 04:01 PM
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I believe it's a West German Glider Pilot's stickpin badge.

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Thanks Dave.

I was pretty certain it was German and glider associated, but when was a mystery to me. It is a pin back though, rather than a stick pin, but no doubt served the same function for wear in the lapel or similar location.

Odd that it ended up on the slouch hat.
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This is a lapel badge denoting the award of the Bronze Badge in gliding. The badges awarded in this series are the 'A' Certificate - one bird; the 'B' Certificate - two birds; Bronze Badge - three birds (yours); Silver Badge - three birds surrounded by a silver wreath; Gold Badge - three birds surrounded by a gold wreath (I think that these three badges are all levels of the 'C' Certificate, but I can't be certain), and the last badge in the series is the Three Diamonds Badge - three birds surrounded by a gold wreath with three diamonds at the top of the wreath. Rules for the badges up to bronze are governed by the gliding associations of the individual country; rules for silver and above are governed by the FIA (Federation Aeronautique Internationale). The badges are currently available through the British Gliding Association, though I think the 'B' Certificate has been discontinued. I think the badges up to Bronze are for solo flying and from Silver on, advanced flying and soaring.
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Old 13-04-14, 08:21 PM
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Jerry,
I believe that the wider body and head are West Germen, earlier ones were thinner.

Anyone's guess on how they came together, you would hope that there's a good story!

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Old 13-04-14, 09:37 PM
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Many thanks to Dave and George for helping on this for me, it is very much appreciated.

Perhaps an interesting tale has to how they came to be together, though one that will probably never be told.
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