Selous Scouts Wings
Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:27 AM
I'm not an expert but it sure does look good. The size of the numbers, spacing, font and location of the stamping all match original examples. There were 1500 of these badges produced by Reutler in Salisbury, Rhodesia. Of the 1500 only 700 were serial numbered. Of the 700 a little over 587 were issued. In my reference I have a list of who received what based on these serial numbers up to 461. Based on this reference your wing was issued to Trooper S. Kona. There was supposedly two grades of qualification which was distinguished by the color of the wool background material. Brownish wool like your piece is considered Class I while the green wool backing is considered Class II. Class I individuals were original volunteers of the Selous Scouts prior to the introduction of their selection course and graduates of their selection course. Class II was for members who had yet to go through their selection course but participated in an operation and shown exceptional qualities of things like courage, determination, initiative, leadership, etc. My understanding is that the wool like backing material were cut from remnants of no longer usable Selous Scout berets.
Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:09 PM
Is it possible to get a shot of the front there are a lot of people that have never seen Selous Scout wing.Scotty
Posted 07 November 2018 - 08:06 PM
Just noticed that this is up for bid on eBay (see link). However even if original way too expensive in my opinion.
Just noticed that this is up for bid on eBay (see link). However even if original way too expensive in my opinion. https://www.ebay.com...bdvAB:rk:1:pf:0
Agreed, way to expensive.
Posted 08 November 2018 - 03:14 AM
Great looking wing! I for one never seen one, thank you
Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:37 AM
509thPIB Thanks for the front view of the wing.I have never seen a real one that is one great looking wing though.Scotty
Posted 20 November 2018 - 08:00 PM
If you ever get a chance to read some of the exploits of these guys, they were hardcore bat-crap crazy....
Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:44 AM
I think the wing is original and extremely rare given the award numbers. The Selous Scouts have a following of collectors that are just as aggressive as the men who served in the unit! I've always wanted one of these wings that is named and awarded but have never found one available. Had I seen this auction I would have been a bidder. I don't think the price is out of line...but that is just me.
Edited by Kadet, 01 December 2018 - 09:45 AM.
Posted 29 December 2018 - 11:49 AM
Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:05 PM
This group ended unsold at the original bid price. I was able to contact the seller to negotiate a lower price and now own it. The pictures don't do it justice. I will post some better ones when I get a moment....
Edited by Kadet, 11 January 2019 - 12:05 PM.
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