I propose that we create a Digital Gallery of Polish Regimental Badges of WW2 to commemorate a contribution of Polish Forces to the Victory 45 and share the knowledge on the global basis about this fascinating and still largely open for systematic research subject.
Personally for me, collecting Polish Regimental Badges remains an incredibly rewarding hobby for a few reasons:
• Undoubtedly, original badges are very difficult to find and it usually takes much patience and often global search is required to find genuine ones
• Often a badge holds a story and of a particular person and is a testimony to personal suffering and sacrifice, (September Campaign, Soviet Gulags, Exile, French Campaign, North Africa, No Victory Parade etc)
• Unique opportunity to meet Veterans and hear to and learn from their stories
• International Collectors’ Community is growing both in term of numbers and sophistication of knowledge and preferences
• Finally, Polish Regimental Badges remain a very sound investmento Polish Regimental Badges can only be counted in hundreds and a couple of thousands top – unlike insignias of other Armies
o Members of Polish Free Forces stayed in England, emigrated to Australia, Canada, US, Argentina – therefore, there is no concentration of acquisition opportunities in any location after 65+ years
o Regimental Veterans’ Associations are largely closed-down in London, NY, Toronto and Sidney
o Polish people are often very sentimental and celebrate past therefore “opportunistic” acquisitions from families are very difficult even for big cash
o Subject remain under-research so there are opportunities for pick up relative bargains
I am opening with 1 Krechowiecki Lancers Regiment of 2 Core.
Regiment with great traditions dating back to the Independence War.
Design reflects the Polish Symbols at its best.