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WW2 FREE FRENCH PARATROOPER WING
A fine scarce Free French Paratroopers wing with the cross of Lorraine.
The Free French Air Forces (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL) were the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War from 1940.
They officially ceased to hold this title from 1943, with the merger of Free French Forces with General Giraud's anti-German forces, but were still commonly known by the title until the liberation of France in 1944, when they became the regular French Air Army.
They were commanded by Martial Henri Valin from 1941 to 1944, who subsequently became commander of the Air Army. On 17 June 1940, five days before the signing of the Franco-German Armistice, the first "exodus" (of 10 airmen) took flight from Bordeaux-Mérignac to England.
Others rallied to General Charles de Gaulle from France and French North Africa during the period June 1940 to November 1942. A contingent of volunteers from South American countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Chile was also created, as Free French officials recruited there personally. From a strength of 500 on July 1940, the ranks of the FAFL grew to 900 by 1941, including 200 flyers[clarification needed]. A total of 276 of these flyers were stationed in England, and 604 were stationed in overseas theaters of operation. In the summer of 1940 General de Gaulle named then-Colonel Martial Henri Valin as commander-in-chief of the FAFL. Valin was at the French military mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the time of his appointment and he had to complete his assignment there by February 1941. It took him 45 days to get to London to see de Gaulle and it was not until 9 July that Valin formally assumed office taking over from the caretaker commander, Admiral Emile Muselier.

Code: 53396Price: 220.00 GBP


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WORLD WAR II FREE FRENCH NAVY COMMANDO BADGE.
A rare Free French Navy Commando badge. A shield form and embossed with a galleon ship and dagger, marked '1st Battalion de fusiliers Marin Commando'. (approx 5cm x 5cm)
Inscription or numbering to reverse at top, but can't discern.

Code: 53384Price:


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F.A.F.L FREE FRENCH AIR FORCE WW2 PILOT WING SERVICE BADGE
A fine scarce excellent example. Free French Air Forces wing, enamel and numbered, with the cross of Lorraine and a brooch fixing.
The Free French Air Forces (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL) were the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War from 1940.
They officially ceased to hold this title from 1943, with the merger of Free French Forces with General Giraud's anti-German forces, but were still commonly known by the title until the liberation of France in 1944, when they became the regular French Air Army.
They were commanded by Martial Henri Valin from 1941 to 1944, who subsequently became commander of the Air Army. On 17 June 1940, five days before the signing of the Franco-German Armistice, the first "exodus" (of 10 airmen) took flight from Bordeaux-Mérignac to England.
Others rallied to General Charles de Gaulle from France and French North Africa during the period June 1940 to November 1942. A contingent of volunteers from South American countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Chile was also created, as Free French officials recruited there personally. From a strength of 500 on July 1940, the ranks of the FAFL grew to 900 by 1941, including 200 flyers[clarification needed]. A total of 276 of these flyers were stationed in England, and 604 were stationed in overseas theaters of operation. In the summer of 1940 General de Gaulle named then-Colonel Martial Henri Valin as commander-in-chief of the FAFL. Valin was at the French military mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the time of his appointment and he had to complete his assignment there by February 1941. It took him 45 days to get to London to see de Gaulle and it was not until 9 July that Valin formally assumed office taking over from the caretaker commander, Admiral Emile Muselier.

65 mm x 33 mm

Code: 53355Price: 120.00 GBP


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VICHY FRENCH LFC SMALL LAPEL BADGE
A small scarce enamel Legion Francaise des Combattants lapel badge LFC lapel fixture badge. Excellent enamel, photos not the best, my apologies.
The Vichy made lapel badge makers details on reverse - 'J. Decat, Ambrest, Vichy'. Beraudy Vaure Ambert
16mm high.

Code: 53057Price: 45.00 GBP


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F.A.F.L FREE FRENCH AIR FORCE WW2 PILOT WING SERVICE BADGE
A fine scarce enamel badge, with brooch fixing to reverse. 47 mm x 22 mm.

Code: 52221Price: 35.00 GBP


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FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION COMMANDO PLATOON 3rd SQUADRON [LEBANON] CAP BADGE
A fine enamel cap / beret badge, with pin / brooch fixing to reverse.

The Multinational Force in Lebanon (M.N.F) was an international peacekeeping force to aid, support and train the Lebanese Armed Forces to restore the sovereignty of the Lebanese Government at the request of the latter in Beirut, its constituent areas and insure and guarantee the security and safety of mass civilian populations; specially women and children.

With the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom forming the multinational force; a strong naval presence was present in the Mediterranean to provide support in the greater Lebanon.

Code: 52088Price: 38.00 GBP


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FRENCH SCHOOL OF AIRBORNE, COMMANDO, PARACHUTE TROOPS BADGE
A fine white metal E.T.A.P School of Airborne Troops badge.
Maker Delsart to reverse.

Code: 52089Price: 30.00 GBP


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FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION COMMANDO SNIPER QUALIFICATION BADGE
A fine white metal qualification sniper badge, with two loops and maker Drago Paris to reverse.

Code: 52090Price: 22.00 GBP


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FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION COMMANDO PARACHUTE BREVET
A fine bi metal brevet badge, with two loops fixings and screw thread bar to reverse. Also maker Drago Paris.

Code: 51920Price: 30.00 GBP


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2nd FOREIGN PARACHUTE AIRBORNE REGIMENT [FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION CAP BADGE
A fine white metal cap badge, with two loops to reverse. Maker Drago Paris.
Circle Winged Armed Dextrochere Insignia of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment worn on a Green Berets. This Insignia is also worn by French Army Metropolitan and Marine Infantry Paratroopers backgrounded by an Anchor on Red Berets.
The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (French: 2e Régiment étranger de parachutistes, 2e REP) is the only foreign airborne regiment of the French Foreign Legion, stationed at Camp Raffalli near the town of Calvi on the island of Corsica, just south of mainland France. It is part of the 11th Parachute Brigade and part of the spearhead of the French rapid reaction force.

Code: 51919Price: 30.00 GBP

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