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Hello! I appreciate the time and I can wait for the added knowledge from those before me, I’m rather young and therefore have missed out on the days of plentiful and affordable finds. Nonetheless making the ones I do come across that much more awesome. Excited to learn and get guidance, particularly with German stuff. Any pointers for enthusiasts starting in the past couple years is appreciated
I wanted to share this beret which I believe dates to the late 40s-early 50s (brown sweatband, black lining). The location of the piercings, i.e., the holes, in the badge makes it the first variant, introduced in 1951. What's also interesting is the clear plastic that has been fitted between the badge and flash.
I don't usually see Dutch berets that are this old.
The Mark VIII was mainly used in the Second World War and a little later. Australian destroyers are known to have used them, especially the tribal class ships HMAS Arunta, Bataan and Warramunga.
Here is one on the Belfast.
From all Korean language documents, photos, and books I have gone through there was no policy or distinguishing one from another. They were issued alongside the non reversible right up until wars end. Even in the same platoon you’ll see a good mix of the early one pocket and two pocket types.
Also being on the topic of reversible and non reversible items what I find interesting is the factory made helmet covers were the only item that was always reversible no matter what. Every original example is reversible and all the Korean specs also call for them to be reversible. This continued into the 70s with the 4 and then briefly on the 3 panel helmet covers. Original helmet covers are even made with a different fabric/ and slightly different print than the uniforms which is odd. My only guess is that they were such a small item and they had so many bolts of fabric made for the helmet covers that their stock lasted for years. If you see a non reversible helmet cover listed as original chances are it is a repro made with jacket material, something I found out the hard way.
Also I’ve seen this photo of Nam Jin countless times and never realized it was a reversible uniform!
good to hear back from you!
That was a very nice read as well, thank you for the link.
I'm sending you my findings regarding the Patch King german insignias.
It seems like they were being made as early as 1944!
In one of the Lists there are german badges of Mt. troops Divisions mentioned,
it states "Sig. Bn. Mt. Troops" which probably is referring to this Jäger "Blitz"
Funker badge seen in the picture attached.
That bolt looks rather thin and done with less thread then normal.
It might be a hint to the Jäger oak leaf badge which is done in a similar fashion.
I still haven't found that badge mentioned yet. But that bolt is part of a Jäger tunic so chances are very high
they made the oak leafs badge too since it is a very notable badge like the Edelweiss.
For comparison I have attached a picture showing one of the abnormal mid-green Jäger sleeve badge variants
in question and a Patch King transport Sergeant badge, you will notice the similarity in the material of the cloth backing
as well as the brighter toned green which is against the rules.
Is it known if there was a specific policy for issuing the reversible vs. the normal nonreversible duckhunter uniforms?
I just remembered that there were some famous photos of 남진 wearing the reversible uniform after his return from Vietnam.