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WW2 SPECIAL AIR SERVICE [SAS] QUALIFICATION BADGE
A fine scarce unpadded version, hard to find.

The wing shape is said to be based on the ancient hieroglyph for Ra, the Egyptian solar deity, seen on a frieze in a Cairo hotel by Jock Lewes, designer of the badge. The light and dark blue colours were in the original hieroglyph but had an additional significance as Lewes had rowed for Oxford and another founder member of the unit, Lt. Langton, had rowed for Cambridge. The badge was worn at the top of the right arm by all qualified parachutists of the Regiment but on the left breast above any medals by anyone who had made an operational drop or participated in a conspicuous operation.

Reference Imperial War Museum
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30060254

Code: 53933Price: 650.00 GBP


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WW2 SPECIAL AIR SERVICE [SAS] BERET BADGE
A fine scarce woven WW2 beret badge.

The Special Air Service began life in July 1941 from an unorthodox idea and plan by a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards David Stirling, who was serving with No. 8 (Guards) Commando. His idea was for small teams of parachute trained soldiers to operate behind enemy lines to gain intelligence, destroy enemy aircraft and attack their supply and reinforcement routes.

Code: 53934Price: 325.00 GBP


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SPECIAL RECONNAISSANCE REGIMENT [SRR] BULLION CAP BADGE
Insignia, Special Reconnaissance Regiment. Enlisted personnel. Corinthian Mask with sword through, silver and gold bullion hand embroidered on navy.

The Special Reconnaissance Regiment, or SRR, is a special reconnaissance unit of the British Army. It was established on 6 April 2005 and is part of the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) under the command of Director Special Forces, alongside the Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Service (SBS) and the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG).

The regiment conducts a wide range of classified activities related to covert surveillance and reconnaissance. The SRR draws its personnel from existing units and can recruit volunteers from any serving male or female member of the British Armed Forces.

Code: 53916Price: 20.00 GBP


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WW2 PARACHUTE REGIMENT QUALIFIED BADGE
Qualified Parachutist.
WW II embroidered qualification sleeve badge. An opened parachute canopy in white flanked by a pair of pale blue wings,on a shaped khaki background.

Code: 53897Price: 90.00 GBP


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WW2 2nd OFFICERS COMMANDO / SAS BERET BADGE / FORMATION SIGN
A fine rare Officers bullion beret badge / formation sign.

WW2 No2 Commando Bullion Embroidered Beret / Formation Sign, embroidered commando dagger with S S to either side on black cloth backing. Insignia shows evidence of being removed from a tunic or beret. The unit arm badge was the same design as the Officersí cap badge, the knife plus SS, and also with a black background. It was worn on both arms by all ranks and came in silver bullion and white thread. It was phased out during the latter part of 1943 in favour of the Combined Operations patch. Reference Imperial War Museum
http://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/223/479/large_000000.jpg
And
https://www.coh2.org/news/68434/the-commandos-of-wwii-a-brief-look for evidence once used as a Beret badge.

No. 2 Commando was a battalion-sized British Commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War. The first No.2 Commando was formed on the 22nd June 1940 for a parachuting role at Cambrai Barracks, Perham Down, near Tidworth, Hants. The Unit at the time consisted of four troops - 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D'. Eventually 11 troops were raised. On 21 November, it was re-designated as the 11th Special Air Service (SAS) Battalion and eventually re-designated 1st Parachute Battalion. After their re-designation as the 11th SAS Battalion, a second No. 2 Commando was formed. This No. 2 Commando was the leading commando unit in the St Nazaire Raid and suffered heavy casualties. Those who made it back from St Nazaire rejoined the few who had not gone on the raid, and the commando was reinforced by the first intake of volunteers from the new Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry. No. 2 Commando then went on to serve in the Mediterranean, Sicily, Yugoslavia, and Albania, before being disbanded in 1946

Code: 53889Price:


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WW2 SPECIAL AIR SERVICE [SAS] QUALIFICATION BADGE
Very nice and rare wartime padded SAS wing. Three popper fixings to reverse. Used and worn condition.

The wing shape is said to be based on the ancient hieroglyph for Ra, the Egyptian solar deity, seen on a frieze in a Cairo hotel by Jock Lewes, designer of the badge. The light and dark blue colours were in the original hieroglyph but had an additional significance as Lewes had rowed for Oxford and another founder member of the unit, Lt. Langton, had rowed for Cambridge. The badge was worn at the top of the right arm by all qualified parachutists of the Regiment but on the left breast above any medals by anyone who had made an operational drop or participated in a conspicuous operation.

Reference Imperial War Museum
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30060254

Code: 53858Price:


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50th/51st/52nd COMMANDO CAP BADGE [Middle East Campaign]
A fine scarce brass cap badge with two thin loops with spiralled shanks. Correct for badge. Formed in 1940. Included Jewish and Palestinian troops from the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. Worn with or without parent cap badge, 40mm long. Reference Taylor p67-68

Code: 53845Price: 140.00 GBP


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WW2 PARACHUTE REGT QUALIFICATION ARM BADGE
A fine woven example. 86 mm wide 34 mm heigh

Code: 53837Price: 80.00 GBP


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WW2 FREE FRENCH 3rd SAS BERET BADGE
A fine scarce French Special Forces, trimmed example.

Code: 53830Price: 320.00 GBP


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WW2 FREE FRENCH SAS PARACHUTE REGIMENT BERET BADGE
A fine worn in late 1943/1944 very rare bi metal beret badge. Cross of Lorraine soldered to a Parachute Regiment Beret badge which has the Kings Crown removed. Although crudely soldered, this would have been the correct way. Most Iíve seen look like they have been superglued, with no other means of fixing.

The French used to say that it was the British insignia without the "chien-chien et son panier", which means "the little dog and his basket".
This is a very scarce item.
Reference Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948 by Peter Taylor page 136 (shows a badge minus crown and cross of Lorraine)



Code: 53829Price: 350.00 GBP

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