Two European patches - German and Serbian?

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    Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by filupe on Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:42 pm

    Two patches which came out of a rucksack carried by an Australian soldier in Iraq. How they got in there I don't know - possibly traded with German and Serbian contingents? Is there a Serbian contingent even in Iraq? Anyway, ID of the units concerned would be appreciated.


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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by Philip on Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:53 pm

    as far as i know there are no german troops in iraq. just a-stan. i dont know about serbia but i think also no...


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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by NorBn on Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:31 pm

    The Serb patch is in fact from Bosnia & Herzegovina or more correct the Serb Republic in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Looks like a subdued or very faded version of the insignia of the Vojska Republike Srpske (shortened VRS)/ Army of the Serb Republic shoulder patch. The “BPC” on the patch is in Cyrillic and is translated to “VRS”.
    Not sure about the German one, but probably a unit in connection with a mountain unit because of the edelweiss flower on it.

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by heidelberger on Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:05 am

    Hello,

    i have never seen a Bundeswehr Patche like this. But its very interesiting for me. Mayby its a private design from some Soldiers and Lokals made this... Like we when i was in Kosovo 1999, we made our one Patche with skulls ( when i found it i show you), But It was never Allowed (Approved)to use this on our Uniforms!!!! Shocked Wink


    To the second one i have just one idea, mayby Polnish??? 2 Eagles... and in Iraq there have polnish Soldiers...


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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:46 pm

    I think the one on the left is Polish. They also use the Edelweiß design for their mountain troops.

    The one on the right is definitely of the Serbian Armed Forces badge. Recently (about 2007?) they dropped the double headed eagle logo and just focused on the shield symbol that is in the middle. So it's a badge probably from the early to mid 2000s.

    What I don't understand is how this badge, which is apparently desert tones, got into either Afghanistan or Iraq. Besides embassy security forces I am unaware of any Serbian military contingents in either country.

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by NorBn on Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:44 am

    CollectinSteve wrote:I think the one on the left is Polish. They also use the Edelweiß design for their mountain troops.
    The one on the right is definitely of the Serbian Armed Forces badge. Recently (about 2007?) they dropped the double headed eagle logo and just focused on the shield symbol that is in the middle. So it's a badge probably from the early to mid 2000s.
    What I don't understand is how this badge, which is apparently desert tones, got into either Afghanistan or Iraq. Besides embassy security forces I am unaware of any Serbian military contingents in either country.

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    Like I said earlier, the Serb patch belongs to the Army of the Serb Republic in Bosnia & Herzegovina (Vojska Republike Srpske or VRS) and not to the Serb Army (Vojska Srbije or VS) in Serbia.

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by heidelberger on Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:18 am

    Hello,

    I found it, the Left One is a Rumänien Unit in afgahnistan! Sometimes i ASK me Why Nobody check google????

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt9i2qX-Irg&feature=youtube_gdata







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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by Nicolai on Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:37 pm

    This is certainly not a Polish patc ..it's Romanian "Black Vipers" in Afghanistan ....

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by zvez on Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:34 pm

    Yep, soon as I saw it knew it was Romanian, as they name they're units like that I've got a few, the "white sharks" and another one "red scorpions" both iraq served units

    http://www.army.mil/article/18036/

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by tenewel on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:05 pm

    Any chance of a Serb or three running around as a contractor or security? I know we had several at Tikrit with us that worked as generator mechanics. Could have brought it out over out of loyalty.

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by zvez on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:30 pm

    Here are the two romanian combat units mentioned in the above post, also a couple pics of the red scorpions patch in use. What's really interesting is the scorpions head looks just like the crusaders helmet, including the cross shaped opening.

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by filupe on Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:37 pm

    heidelberger wrote:Hello,
    I found it, the Left One is a Rumänien Unit in afgahnistan! Sometimes i ASK me Why Nobody check google????
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt9i2qX-Irg&feature=youtube_gdata
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    Possibly because the first post in this thread was posted *before* the YouTube video was uploaded?? Don't worry - google was the *first* thing I checked at the time and there was zzzzip. Nevertheless, thanks very much for the ID and link.

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:18 pm

    The funny coincidence is the modern Polish 21st Podhale Rifles Brigade carries on the traditions of the 21st Mountain Division (old WWII and earlier time). Here's an article on the Polish unit:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2354706/posts

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by Jugosloven on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:06 am

    The VRS patch isnt faded, it was a patch made for the VRS who were in Iraq ina joiint operation with FED BiH army in de mining zones. Thanks

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    Re: Two European patches - German and Serbian?

    Post by filupe on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:27 am

    Thanks to all who posted for confirming the identity of these two patches. Looks like the Aussie soldier who scored these got around!

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