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US ARMY 23rd SPECIAL TROOPS "GHOST ARMY" WW2 PATCHAn extremely scarce formation patch
The Ghost Army was an Allied Army tactical deception unit during World War II officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops (Operation Quicksilver). The 1,100-man unit was given a unique mission within the Allied Army: to impersonate other Allied Army units to deceive the enemy. From a few weeks after D-Day, when they landed in France, until the end of the war, they put on a "traveling road show" utilizing inflatable tanks, sound trucks, fake radio transmissions, scripts and pretence. They staged more than 20 battlefield deceptions, often operating very close to the front lines. Their story was kept secret for more than 40 years after the war, and elements of it remain classified. The unit was the subject of a PBS documentary The Ghost Army in 2013
WW2 U.S ARMY GLIDER-BORNE CAP BADGEA rare short lived WW2 U.S Army Glider-Borne cap badge. Cast possibly bronze / brass. With brooch fixing and maker Spencer London to reverse. March 1944, this badge was worn by Airborne troops trained in Glider combat. Prior to 1944, glider troops wore a parachute badge superimposed with a glider. This winged glider badge measures approximately 40 mm x 18mm.
Code: 53385Price: 160.00 GBP
WW2 US SECOND ARMY TRAINING UNIT SHOULDER PATCHA fine WW2 woven US Army Patch, of the Second Army.
Earned distinction as a training army during World War II, preparing nearly one million men to fight. The U.S. Army activated a new Second Army in October 1933, with headquarters at Chicago, Illinois, as one of four field armies that would help mobilize forces in event of a national emergency. In December 1940, the Army moved Second Army’s headquarters to Memphis, Tennessee, and designated it as a training army, which conducted training in 24 states. In June 1944, the Army reconstituted the World War I Second Army, AEF, and consolidated it with the existing Second Army in order to perpetuate the lineage and honors of the World War I unit. During World War II, Second Army trained 11 corps, 55 divisions, and 2,000 smaller units of all arms and services, composed of almost a million men, for employment in all theaters of operation.
Code: 53276Price: 50.00 GBP
US FIRST SPECIAL FORCES SHOULDER PATCHThe 1st Special Service Force (also called The Devil's Brigade,)
A scarce cloth woven shoulder patch, only worn 1942 to 1944.
The Black Devils, The Black Devils' Brigade, and Freddie's Freighters), was an elite American-Canadian commando unit in World War II, under command of the United States Fifth Army. The unit was organized in 1942 and trained at Fort William Henry Harrison near Helena, Montana in the United States. The Force served in the Aleutian Islands, and fought in Italy, and southern France before being disbanded in December 1944.
Code: 53275Price: 220.00 GBP
US INFANTRY RIFLE / MARKSMAN SILVER AWARD BADGEA fine sterling silver award / qualification badge. With Sterling written to reverse.
US NAVY [AVIATION TRAINING] WW2 V-5 PROGRAM SERVICE SIDE HAT PATCHA fine woven US Navy Overseas patch.
V-5 program was for naval aviation cadets that were later absorded into the V12 program, and those students were given a special designation of (a) for Aviation.
Code: 53174Price: 22.00 GBP
US 3rd ARMY WW2 FORMATION PATCH / SIGNA fine woven WW2 formation sign.
Third Army did not take part in the initial stages of Operation Overlord. However, when it did take the field, its field of combat suited the style of its commander. Lieutenant General George S. Patton was one of the U.S. Army's greatest exponents of armored warfare.
Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of Casablanca during Operation Torch in 1942, where he later established himself as an effective commander through his rapid rehabilitation of the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during the Allied invasion of Sicily, where he was the first Allied commander to reach Messina. There he was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers under his command, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command for other duties such as participating in Operation Fortitude's disinformation campaign for Operation Overlord. Patton returned to command the Third Army following the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, where he led a highly successful rapid armored drive across France. He led the relief of beleaguered American troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and advanced his Third Army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.
Code: 53147Price: 35.00 GBP
US ANTI AIRCRAFT COMMAND WW2 FORMATION PATCHA fine WW2 embroidered formation sign badge to the U.S. Anti-Aircraft Command in excellent worn condition.
During World War II, US Army anti-aircraft systems were quite competent. Their smaller tactical needs were filled with four M2 .50 caliber machine guns linked together (known as the “Quad Fifty”), which were often mounted on the back of a half-track to form the Half Track, M16 GMC, Anti-Aircraft. Although of even less power than Germany's 20 mm systems, they were at least widely available. They were also used to help suppress ground targets. Their larger 90 mm M2 gun would prove, as did the eighty-eight, to make an excellent anti-tank gun as well, and was widely used late in the war in this role.
Code: 53146Price: 25.00 GBP
US 9th AIR FORCE WW2 FORMATION PATCHA fine British made woven cloth patch, with glue residue to reverse.
The IX Fighter Command was a United States Army Air Forces formation. Its last assignment was with the Ninth Air Force, based at Erlangen, Germany. It was inactivated on 16 November 1945.
IX Fighter Command was the primary tactical fighter air arm of Ninth Air Force in the Western Desert Campaign in North Africa during 1942-1943. Reassigned to England, it became the dominant tactical air force over the skies of Western Europe during the 1944 Battle of Normandy and the Western Allied invasion of Germany in 1945. Reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IX_Fighter_Command
Code: 53145Price: 40.00 GBP
US AIR FORCE AIR CREW SENIOR NAVIGATOR WW2 BADGEA fine Qualification wing in silver-tone metal [very malleable], with maker Vanguard New York to reverse.
Code: 51637Price: 18.00 GBP
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