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WW2 SAS BRITISH TROOPS NORWAY PRINTED FORMATION SIGN
A very scarce printed WW2 cloth formation sign. White Viking ship and sunrise printed on light blue rectangle. Worn for a short period of time only at end of WW2. Faded & trimmed hence price.

In May 1945, following the German surrender in Norway on the 7th May, the 1st and 2nd SAS Brigades were sent to Norway to disarm the 300,000 German garrison. Other units entitled to wear this flash were members of 1st Airborne Division under Urquhart, the 50th Northumbrian Division and the 88th Group RAF.

Reference Cole page 108 and Boulanger page 477

Code: 53850Price:


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WW2 1st AGRA ARMY GROUP ROYAL ARTILLERY FORMATION SIGNS [PAIR]
A fine matched pair of printed cloth formation signs. White rams picked out in black on red squares

Code: 53844Price: 52.00 GBP


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BRITISH OVERSEAS GARRISON FAEROE ISLANDS FORCE FORMATION SIGN
A scarce printed unused formation sign. An oyster-catcher in natural colours (black and white with yellow beak and legs) on a black rock on a background divided horizontally dark blue below (sea) and light blue above (sky). This example facing left.
Reference Cole page 106
The oyster-catcher (tjaldur) was the national emblem of the Faroes. These islands in the North Atlantic were occupied by British forces in 1940 to forestall any attempt by Germany to establish a base there that could threaten the UK's sea communications. Force HQ was at Thorshaven. The original garrison comprised the Lovat Scouts, RA units of coast defence, Heavy and Light AA, RE LofC units and Works units.

Reference http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30071927

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72nd BRITISH INFANTRY BRIGADE, 6th BATTALION SOUTH WALES BORDERERS, 36th INFANTRY DIVISION FORMATION [BURMA] SHOULDER TITLE
A fine scarce short lived formation combination. Officially recognised battles were Mandalay 12/13 February 21 March 1945 and Rangoon Road 1 April 6 May 1945.

On 28 April 1943 a new 72nd Infantry Brigade was formed in India by the re-designation of the 72nd Indian Infantry Brigade, which had been formed a few weeks earlier in March 1943 as an infantry formation of the Indian Army during World War II. It was assigned to the 36th Indian Infantry Division, which became a British division on 1 September 1944.
Early in July 1944, the division started to fly into Myitkyina airfield in North Burma, with 72nd Brigade being the first formation to land. On 1 September 1944, shortly after the division had started advancing down the "Railway valley" from Mogaung towards Indaw on the right flank of NCAC, the division was redesignated as the British 36th Division. (28 April 1944 - 18 July 1945)

Code: 53840Price: 250.00 GBP


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WW2 XV - 15th INDIAN CORPS [BURMA] FORMATION SIGNS
A fine matching pair of theatre made cloth formation signs, with saftey pins to reverse. Sign depicting three white Roman numeral 'V's (three 'fives' making the 'fifteen' of 15 Corps) on red circular background.

XV Indian Corps (15th Indian Corps) fought in the second and third Arakan Campaigns and the rest of the Burma campaign as part of 14th Army; it had the distinction of mounting nine separate assault landings along the Burmese coast, including the recapture of Rangoon.

Reference IWM
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30070585

Code: 53836Price: 80.00 GBP


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WW2 SPECIAL SERVICE BRIGADE / COMMANDO SIGNALS FORMATION SIGN
A fine woven period example 1941 pattern HQ Signal Reference WW2 British Formation Badges by Bruno Boulanger page 340

The involvement of Royal Signals personnel with the Commando forces began in the summer of 1940 when a section of two officers, 5 NCOs and 20 Signalmen came together under the command of Lieutenant John Leahy, R. Signals. For the most part, the initial work of the Special Service Brigade Signal Section was concerned with training in the west of Scotland and in the development of new equipment, although Commando Signallers did take part in the raid on Vaagso Islands, off the coats of Norway on 27th December 1941. The Signal Section was expanded to 5 officers and 100 men in 1942, and detachments supported the raids on Bruneval in February 1942, and in Dieppe in August 1942, and took part in Operation Torch in November 1942 and in the subsequent operations in Tunisia through into 1943. A challenging problem which faced the Commando Signallers was the development of Signal Support for the No. 10 Inter-Allied Commando, a uniquely polyglot unit which consisted of French, Belgian, Dutch, Norwegian and Polish troops.

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WW2 COMBINED OPERATIONS ARMY COMMANDO FORMATION SIGN
A fine woven WW2 Combined Operations Cloth Formation Sign. Right facing.
There were two principal versions of this badge, one circular and one rectangular with a domed top. The latter was worn by Naval personnel and the round version by the Army. RAF personnel wore the Army version but at the bottom of the jacket cuff. However, non-combattant staff also wore versions of the basic badge and the exact distribution of "tombstone" and circular versions is not clear.
Reference; Imperial War Museum
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30071987

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WW2 7th ARMOURED BRIGADE WW2 FORMATION SIGN1st Pattern
A fine woven example, with some glue residue to reverse.

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21st ARMOURED BRIGADE FORMATION SIGN.
An unusual larger than normal padded woven sign. Measures 75 mm in dia. Very well made, possibly theatre made?

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25th INDIAN INFANTRY DIVISION FORMATION SIGNS
Very different might be theater made padded type formation signs, both with backing kakhi to reverse. Very unusual items.
WW II examples of the black "Ace of Spades" on a green square. As part of 14th.Army this Division fought with distinction at Kangaw,one of the fiercest battles of the Arakan and Burma campaigns,and early in 1945 took part in the first large scale amphibious operation in South-East Asia to liberate Akyab.

Code: 53819Price: 90.00 GBP

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