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Polish Airborne Collar Kite Query

Article about: Hi guys, Can any one give me a clue on the different colour combinations for the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade's collar kites? i.e. grey with yellow top for rifle platoon, is it maroon on a g

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    Default Polish Airborne Collar Kite Query

    Hi guys,

    Can any one give me a clue on the different colour combinations for the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade's collar kites?

    i.e. grey with yellow top for rifle platoon,
    is it maroon on a greeny-grey for medics?

    And i'm after a little clarification?

    Am I right in saying that the first kites had the parachutes (in white) and the top edge stitched onto one piece of material? i.e. yellow on grey for the rifles platoons,

    and then from about 1943 it went to the metal paratroopers pinned onto the first colour which was backed by a 2nd piece of material?


    Thanks Guys


    Mark P.

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    Ok .. a picture from an old military illustrated magazine ..
    Artical by Krzysztof Barbarski
    The ones you are interested in are on the 2nd row.

    From left to right (2nd row)
    1st pattern OR issue
    1st pattern MP
    2nd pattern MP
    2nd pattern Medic
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    thanks gary, so they're all two pieces of material backed together? Rather than the top stitched on?

    Ta

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    Yes two pieces .. the top section roughly runs halfway down the back

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    Thanks again,

    Will bin the reproduction pair I have then

    I do WW2 living history as well, Gary we met at Spanhoe, if you remember?

    Ironically I was doing polish at the time.

    As a random side bit of info i'm trying to look into more is blanco'ing of webbing by the Poles. Lots of pics without before the jump, but hoping to talk to some vets just to makle sure which one is correct.

    Any idea? As i've heard you're the man in the know on alot of things Gary.

    Ta for the help

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    Yes Mark .. I remember you ..

    Blancoing ..
    Well from period snaps it is not clear, as the blancoing wouldn't show up too well on black and white ..

    I'd stick to clean unblancoed .. then you can't go far wrong.

    Cheers

    Gary J.

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    Also .. a couple of snaps .. front and rear of 2nd pattern Airborne Infantry collars .. showing "economy" material usage.

    Gary J.
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    Any idea if the troopers would have been dull metal when first issued? or would they have been polished?

    Thanks for all the help Gary

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    Also, could you measure length and width? just so I have an idea of correct sizing,

    Just to be cheeky lol

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    and whilst the tape measure is out, length of the trooper please?

    Pretty please with a cherry on top haha

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