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Old 18-03-20, 10:04 AM
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Hi, I wondered what this badge is, military or otherwise? It came on the beret but it may have been added for decoration, thanks in advance Mike
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Old 26-03-20, 12:20 PM
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Hi, maybe someone could translate some of it? the beret was brought back as a war trophy so it could be anything, thanks in advance, Mike.
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Old 26-03-20, 12:34 PM
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The badge appears to have something to do with the Fedayeen, the design appears to match that shown here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fedayeen_Saddam

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Old 26-03-20, 12:35 PM
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There is one on a Beret here: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...eret-420217846

Described as: "Iraq- Fedayeen Saddam Black Beret With Fedayeen Badge"

Lots of information on the web for "Fedayeen Saddam" if you google it
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Old 26-03-20, 12:39 PM
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Fedayeen Saddam

Fedayeen Saddam (Arabic: فدائيي صدام) was a paramilitary organization loyal to the Ba'athist Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein. The name was chosen to mean "Saddam's Men of Sacrifice". At its height, the group had 30,00040,000 members.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fedayeen_Saddam

Also , black beret with badge on WorthPoint.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...eret-420217846

Looks like Woofy beat me to it !
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Old 26-03-20, 08:58 PM
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Hi Simon, Woofy and Mike, thank you for your input, gratefully received. It was very good of you all as it has intrigued me ever since the Iraq war. I'm slightly saddened as they, it appears, didn't have any armour, but, hey, you can't have everything, thanks again to you all and best wishes, Mike
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Old 26-03-20, 09:31 PM
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Hi Mike
If you decide to part with it let me know ,as I have the helmet for this Iraq regiment !!
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Old 27-03-20, 11:10 AM
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If you decide to part with it let me know ,as I have the helmet for this Iraq regiment !!
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Is that the weird Darth Vader type helmet you have? Would love to see some images of an original as I believe these are being faked already!

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Old 27-03-20, 03:21 PM
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Hi
Yes it is , mine is a real one , not the italian made copies which are around, I am unable to get it at present as it is in storage .
I will post pictures when iam able to retrieve it.
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Old 27-03-20, 03:46 PM
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Steve,

Many thanks, look forward to seeing it when you can.

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Old 28-03-20, 12:15 PM
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My "Darth Vader":

A link to some info. re. telling good from bad helmets:

https://gmic.co.uk/topic/56089-iraqi...-reproduction/

The wording on the helmet badge also appears as part of that on the beret badge, I have noted its translation as "The Lord The Homeland The Leader".

A comment I read about these helmets was that they possessed no protective qualities but would contribute to an unusual looking corpse.
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The wording on the helmet badge also appears as part of that on the beret badge, I have noted its translation as "The Lord The Homeland The Leader".
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Writing visible says الله (Allah), القائد (Commander), الوطن (Motherland), فدائيي صدام (Fedayeen Saddam).
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Old 28-03-20, 01:01 PM
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Leigh,

Thanks for showing the photographs, always thought it was such an odd choice of shape for a helmet and couldn't have been comfortable. Wondered if the shape at the front was designed with being able to pray without the need to remove it as with WW1 Turkish headdress but looking at your example think it would still be impossible with the peak at the front.

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Old 28-03-20, 01:58 PM
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From what I've read the helmet was just based on the one worn by the "Star Wars" character as one of Saddam's sons (Uday?) was a fan - I must admit that the lack of a peak in order to facilitate prayer hadn't occurred to me despite steel helmets in the past being designed to enable this.
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Saddam was a Star Wars fan . Hence the design.
They are a real talking point , and real ones very disirable.
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