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WW2 FREE FRENCH FRANCAISES LIBRE BADGE

WW2 FREE FRENCH FRANCAISES LIBRE BADGE

A good original post 1940 Second World War period English made 'Free French Navy badge'; small diamond shaped gilded brass enamel badge bearing the 'Cross of Lorraine' and "France Libre"; the reverse with 'Regd No 83830' a registered, design and patent date of 1939. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Height 33mm.

Code: 54346

52.00 GBP


WW2 FREE FRENCH FRANCAISES LIBRE BADGE

WW2 FREE FRENCH FRANCAISES LIBRE BADGE

A fine post 1940 Second World War period English made 'Free French Navy' diamond-shaped brass and enamel badge bearing the 'Cross of Lorraine', worn by 'Forces Navales Françaises Libres' on the breast of their uniform, the reverse stamped with issue number "2829" and with "Regd No 838507". Good condition, retaining original pin fittings.
Height 34 mm.

Code: 53894

SOLD


WW2 FREE FRENCH RESISTANCE CROSS OF LORRAINE [GOLD]

WW2 FREE FRENCH RESISTANCE CROSS OF LORRAINE [GOLD]

Tests as at least 9ct solid gold
Measures 2 x 1.45cms
Weighs 1.5g has been over soldered during repair to brooch fixing, but does not detract, see photos

Code: 53876

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WW2 FREE FRENCH PARATROOPER [SAS] WING

WW2 FREE FRENCH PARATROOPER [SAS] 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. 97mm wide

Code: 53779

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WW2 FREE FRENCH F.A.F.L FORCES AERIENNES FRANCAISES LIBRE AIR FORCES BADGE

WW2 FREE FRENCH F.A.F.L FORCES AERIENNES FRANCAISES LIBRE AIR FORCES BADGE

A fine scarce woven badge. 70mm high x 93mm great item, but a little grubby.

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.

Reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_French_Air_Forces

Code: 53777

220.00 GBP


WW2 FREE FRENCH SAS PARATROOPERS INSIGNIA FORMATION SIGN

WW2 FREE FRENCH SAS PARATROOPERS INSIGNIA FORMATION SIGN

A British made French Airforce insignia, only worn by the SAS.

The paratroopers wore this badge on the left arm of their Dress uniform, centered between the elbow and the shoulder. Unfortunately, the French paratroopers did not fight in the 1940 Battle of France and the units were disbanded. Some of the troopers made it to Great Britain were they joined the British SAS and formed three French SAS units, serving in Crete and in North Africa, breaking into Axis airfields and sabotaging or blowing up airplanes and facilities. Most of them were either caught or killed, just like most of the British SAS. It was a dangerous job!
Reference http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/france/francesas.shtml

Code: 53697

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WW2 FREE FRENCH PARATROOPER [SAS] WING

WW2 FREE FRENCH PARATROOPER [SAS] 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. 97mm wide

Code: 53696

SOLD


WW2 FREE FRENCH PARATROOPER WING

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: 53396

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F.A.F.L FREE FRENCH AIR FORCE WW2 PILOT WING SERVICE BADGE

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: 53355

120.00 GBP


VICHY FRENCH LFC SMALL LAPEL BADGE

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: 53057

45.00 GBP