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WW2 Allied Forces in Norway Patch ... on a U.S. Uniform


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I was fortunate enough to have stopped at a random estate sale in Nashville three years ago, just as the were preparing to shut down for good.  I got hold of several WW2 uniforms very inexpensively.

 

This uniform had me stumped, however.  I bought it for $15 and took it home to try and figure out just the hell the square patch was on the left arm.  The patch on the right is American Civil Affairs in Europe.

 

Also I wasn't sure what the dark blue bit of ribbon was affixed directly to this American Major's jacket. I had originally thought that perhaps this bit of dark blue ribbon might be a post-war reunion thing.

 

I subsequently discovered that the viking ship patch was for British forces in Norway.  A British patch on an American officer's jacket.

 

At the end of the Second World War, the Allies sent an occupation force to Norway to enforce the German surrender, and manage things until Norway's government was back and running again.  The British deployed a Parachute Brigade, a Brigade of Norwegians, and a composite American regiment.  This jacket was worn by a Major Hagen, who was assigned to this task force.

 

The dark blue ribbon is for the Norwegian Liberation Medal.

 

So here it is:  An American uniform with a British patch.

 

 

 

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Nice piece.  The Brits would wear the  patch in pairs.. left and right sleeve.  Had not seen the ribbon before.  I believe the collar brass is for unassigned personnel. Looks as though he went to Austria following Norway.... 

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1 hour ago, irish said:

Nice piece.  The Brits would wear the  patch in pairs.. left and right sleeve.  Had not seen the ribbon before.  I believe the collar brass is for unassigned personnel. Looks as though he went to Austria following Norway.... 

 

The right shoulder patch is similar to the United States Forces Austria (USFA) patch used by Austrian Occupation Forces but it does not have the leaf branch.  Here are some examples of the USFA patch.

 

 

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The patch on the right sleeve is European Civil Affairs (CAD), it appears to be English made silk patch.

 

Some of the Force 134 British components were 1st Airborne, 1st SAS Bde, Norwegian Indep Coy 1, Norwegian Indep Para Coy, 50th Northumbrian Div, 304th Indep Inf Bde, 88 Group RAF and other support units. 
 

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