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    Post by ripcord on Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:56 pm

    Hello All,

    Will  periodically post pieces of my insignia collection, both old, and new acquisitions..

    Hope you enjoy...

    These 2 pieces were given to me by an active duty SF trooper who was presented with them by Ukrainian Paratroopers  he was training.



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    Post by ripcord on Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:29 pm

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    Scarce early Italian Para wing,  and 3 grades of German Para wings with ( from the top ) basic, senior, master and  subdued version.

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    Swedish Para insignia, Turkish Para wings, and Asian made US wings embroidered on camo cloth.

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    Post by dee222 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:19 am

    The bronze Italian para wing is for 1 Gruppo Tactical ( 1 Tactical Group), in the early 1950,s parachutists from the Corps delle Gardie Pubblica Sicurezza (Public Security Guard
    Corps) 4th Mobile Group were transferred to the army which the military parachute centre used to create the 1 Gruppo Tactical (1 Tactical Group) which was of battalion
    size it remained the Italian army main airborne unit during the Italian Airborne Forces period of growth until 1963 when it was replaced by a larger Airborne unit.
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    Post by ripcord on Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:14 pm

    Thanks for your input.

    The 1 Gruppo Tattico was indeed the seed of post war Italian Parachute formations.

    Here are a few new Croatian pieces, including newly issued embroidered SF insignia, as opposed to the more common  jacquard weaving insignia.

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    Also shown is an early US Free Fall wing in much larger scale to current  issue wings, and a British  padded SAS wing.

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    Post by NorBn on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:00 pm

    Those Swedish para insignia are not easy to find, very nice.
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    Post by ripcord on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:19 pm

    Thank you...

    I had to pinch myself when they were offered to me.

    If I could find Norwegian wings, that would really make me happy...

    I do have some extra Finnish wings available for interesting trades...

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    Post by NorBn on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:22 pm

    I'll keep my eyes open, but like the Swedish ones they are not easy to find.
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    Post by ripcord on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:51 pm

    Thank you very much,

    I appreciate your graciousness .

    The hunt goes on.....

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    Post by ripcord on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:04 pm

    A few cloth  Netherlands Para wings, and 3 cloth Parachute rigger wings, 2 of them VN era cut edge type.



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                    Saudi Navy Para wing in original box.
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    Post by vicka1971 on Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:19 pm

    Really nice collection you have. Best regards,Vitalis
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    Post by ripcord on Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:38 pm

    Thanks Vitalis,

    Will be posting more as time allows...

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    Post by ripcord on Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:24 pm

    New installment ....


    Norway

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    The following are fairly common  NWU NSW qualification insignia, except for the Woodland Marpat piece, which I have not seen before.
    Hope to eventually  find a  Desert Marpat version.

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    Post by ripcord on Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:52 pm

    Post '91 Italian Para Saboteur wings.

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    Post by NorBn on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:32 pm

    Nice Norwegian patches and wings you got there, some are very hard to find. I also like the Finnish para wings, I bet those are hard to find as well.
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    Post by ripcord on Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:29 pm

    Thanks again for your comments,

    An old friend offered the Norwegian wings to me recently, and I was happy to work out a trade for them.

    I believe they are all obsolete, except for the current  Black on Olive subdued wing, but they all are a very welcome addition.   The 2  golden beevo wings are  particularly pretty up close.

    The Finn wings are not easy to locate.   I was  told  the Master grade ( golden ) is almost never seen anymore, due mostly  to the small numbers of airborne slots and the relatively small  number of jumps currently being conducted .

    I do have a set of uncut wings  for trade...

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    Post by NorBn on Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:28 pm

    All the Norwegian para wings in the picture are obsolete. New and different wings are being used now, I'll see if I can find a picture or link
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    Post by ripcord on Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the info...

    Knew there was a change in the design of the Para badges, but thought the black one was current.
    Good to know, and certainly would appreciate any other info... Very Happy 

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    Post by ripcord on Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:17 pm

    Update.

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                       Desert Marpat                                                                                                                                                                                                   NWU II / Desert Marpat

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      The colors of these two patterns are very close, with the Marpat being slightly darker overall.

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    Post by ripcord on Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:34 pm

    Danish

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                              Freefall Desert                                                                                                                                                                                                    Subdued Desert        


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      Finland


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    Post by vicka1971 on Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:59 am

    Sorry,man, but French beret badge is not FFL, Rolling Eyes. This is French army infantry. Best regards,Vitalis
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    Post by ripcord on Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:56 am

    Hey Vitalis,

    Yes, you are correct, Embarassed definitely a French Army Beret Badge, not FFL.

    Thanks for the correction...

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    Post by ripcord on Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:20 pm

    These came a couple of days ago...

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    Post by ripcord on Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:48 pm

    Couple of Afghani made patches, and an unusually encountered CIB .

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    Post by ripcord on Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:52 pm

    Had been looking for Italian  pre '91 Para Saboteur wings for quite some time.
    The golden wings were/are purportedly used by  WWII veterans of these  units.

    Added some other Italian pieces I may have posted before..

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    Post by ripcord on Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:50 pm

    Finland.

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