Hi there, I am a new member and trying ti improve my knowledge of airborne troops in WW11.
Was the only makre during the war of the polish para beret Gelfer?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Hello Paul, and welcome ....
Well, there are two patterns of the Polish Airborne Beret, and at present the manufacturer of the earlier pattern one piece is not clear.
As for the 2nd pattern, ... it seems that all known original items were produced by Gelfer of Glasgow.
Must also prompt myself to do a spell check when I post a message, must have been something in my tea!!
I have seen a beret previously with British Beret Basque Ltd in poster grey with polish badge, however thought they had just made black, maroon and beige berets.
Where does the confusion between the polish and raf beret come from?
I think you will find the confusion with RAF berets comes from people trying to pass off either re-dyed or deliberately faded examples as "Polish" simply because of the price the Polish para berets fetch !