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Allan H.

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  1. This is a Glengarry bonnet, but this one is not military. The Glengarry is a traditional Scottish cap that goes back centuries. Military examples of the cap will have a knit band and will be "diced" meaning that they will sport a checkboard type pattern. Military caps are also made of wool, where this one is made of velvet. Based on the lack of a sweatband, I would guess that it was probably made to be worn by a lady as a fashion item. Glengarry bonnets worn by civilians will normally have the clan tartan used around the base of the cap. While the plaid on the cap above is full of
  2. Sarge, it doesn't matter out there in California- they tore down a statue of U.S. Grant, who helped to end slavery in the US by commanding Union Forces in the Civil War and then prosecuting an active campaign against Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Ku Klux Klan after the war! Allan
  3. I whole-heartedly agree with Scarecrow and will say that I would be very comfortable calling them "WWII era" as they sport a King's Crown, but it is well-known that there was a lot of left over insignia after the end of the war. I really like the fact that the brevet is padded and does appear to have been worn. As far as stitch holes in insignia goes, that is actually a very common "trick" used by fakers to lend an air of legitimacy to a fake, so don't use stitch holes as a criteria for determining real vs fake. Most of us non-Empire folks sometimes have a difficult time with the v
  4. I would point you toward "British Army Uniforms and Insignia of World War Two" by Brian L. Davis. It is very well done with period photographs and some color plates in the center. I believe it is out of print, but saw a number of them for sale on line. They run $20 and up. Allan
  5. Is your Massar just a gothra that has been wrapped around the head rather than worn in the traditional fashion with a hammam? Allan
  6. Hi Frank,, What you have here is an Iraqi half wing that looks like it dates to the WWII era. I believe that this is an aircrew wing, with pilots having wings on both sides of the insignia. The British had a major presence in Iraq through the WWII era, so Iraqi uniforms and insignia definitely have that "Commonwealth" look to them. I was going to reference the wing for you, but could only find the image of one on another militaria site.- https://gmic.co.uk/topic/44784-iraqi-air-force-parches-from-kingdom39s-era-to-republican39s-era/ Allan
  7. The button here is what we call a "Queen's Crown" so it dates to after 1952, making this a post-war tunic. The flat brass button looks like a WWII vintage button. It is possible that the airman wore his WWII vintage uniform after WWII and just changed out the buttons. Allan
  8. This is a little bit crazy for me. I have never been a collector of VN era items, and have never really handled anything NVA, other than an occasional pith helmet or an SKS. Last night, I was talking to a neighbor, a VN veteran and he was talking about NV "BOTTLE CAP MEDALS." I had no idea what he was talking about. Seeing the one in this thread has turned the lightbulb on for me. Now I understand what he was talking about. Now to see if he can find the ones he says that he brought home... Allan
  9. This is a brevet of the Royal Canadian Air Force. It is decidedly post WWII vintage as RAF and commonwealth wings converted from the King's Crown to the Queen's crown in 1953. This particular badge represents Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator. The accompanying image of wings came from the Canadian Government website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/defence/caf/military-identity-system/dress-manual/chapter-3/section-3.html I would estimate that it is less than 20 years old, but I don't think you got hurt at a buck. Allan
  10. Gorgeous examples of some VERY hard to find insignia to an under-appreciated group of heroes. Thanks for sharing these. I really enjoyed getting to see them. Is the cap badge made by Scully? I'm having a tough time deciphering the maker. Allan
  11. During WWII, Glider pilots wore the Army Air Corps cap badge. The Glider Pilot Regiment cap badge and collar dogs came out shortly after WWII. Obviously, they were only worn for about five years before QEII ascended to the throne. Between the small numbers in the regiment and the short time that they would have worn a king's crown, they are somewhat scarce. Allan
  12. This is a cap badge for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Navy. Allan
  13. Patches, The British armed forces have historically been very strict about allowing servicemen and women to accept foreign awards. Part of the reluctance to allow the bestowal of awards is that in many cases, there was an expectation of reciprocation from the awarding government. The British really don't like doing that sort of thing. Unofficially, the British have historically looked at awards made by the French government as being bestowed far too freely. When you compound this on the fact that France and England were enemies for so many centuries, there is still a lot of animosity felt
  14. A buddy of mine brought back a Cuban advisor's uniform from the Grenada invasion. They are an OD fatigue uniform, much like the tanker uniform that appears on post #23. My friend also brought home a "Cuban" steel helmet, but the markings inside show that it was Soviet-made. I assume that Cuban didn't make their own helmets? I'll need to make contact with the buddy and see if I can get some photos to add. Allan
  15. MOTP, Thank you for posting the War Medal to Pte. Hogg. I have always found the Gallipoli campaign to be fascinating. Here is a good example showing us that Gallipoli wasn't only fought by the ANZAC. I've also always had a soft spot for the KOSBs. I served near them during Desert Shield/ Storm and loved the fact that they wore their glengarries all of the time. I always got a kick out of how uniquely personal the exact position of the cap on the soldier's head who wore it was to each individual. Some would rear the point of the cap clear down on the bridge of their noses, and some would
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