Unissued Badges - Re: post #657
Tomasz and Tony, I'm in process of sorting my old collection (including repros, replicas and souvenirs) and I appreciate your responses.
With the wings #441 I also acquired unissued (probably) combat wreath, # 1708 pictured below.
Rafal once wrote:
it's unissued badge from 330-500 serial numbers range.The badges from 0001 to 0500 were given for "Silent and Unseen" ("Polish SOE" jumpers).
Last portion of the badges with numbers below 500 were made during the same time like wings for 1st Para Brigade with numbers over 4700.
In Materialy, Zeszyt 9, IX-1993, p. LII, Jan Lorys stated: wreaths 1651 - 1950 retained as a reserve (IPMS)
There are also Deficiencies in the records.
Maybe we don't know everything yet..
Tony previously wisely summarized:
Being unissued doesn't really make it any less collectible. You could argue that there were far less unissued badges than issued ones!
The fact that it's a scarce genuine Kirkwood wins the day.
What response do you expect regarding para badge and wreath?
Jurek, Nice job with the Rozanski display
All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.
"Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne
Since "There are also Deficiencies in the records" I would expect some experts (like yourself) might have some additional results
and knowledge about unissued para badges and wreaths.
Here are a few of us who are eager to know more.
The Battle of Monte Cassino was carried out in four stages by a vast number of regiments and divisions under the banner of many nations, foremost Poland. The losses to men and material were staggering.
It turned out to be a "see-saw" battle, where Allies, having captured key German strongholds, lost it shortly thereafter to the enemy, and then succeeded in recapturing it. It was not until the last phase of the Battle, when all other Allied efforts had failed so dismally, that the II Polish Corps, under the command of Lt. General Wladyslaw Anders was finally called into action. Their mission was to capture Monte Cassino and Piedimonte, which up until then could not be achieved by any other military units. Now everything depended on the Poles.
The Polish soldiers numbering 51,000 strong fought with the assurance that their steely courage would pave the way to victory. Over 4,100 men of the II Polish Corps lost their lives on Monte Cassino.
A Polish bugler plays the Hejnał Mariacki, announcing the victory, May 18, 1944 (see photo)
Last edited by CQE; 05-19-2016 at 05:30 PM.
Thank you Rafal for your reply,