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78th division battledress , a tribute to my dad.

Article about: I have had my original 1942 dated BD badged up to recreate the look on the attached picture of Dad taken in Italy 1944. the divisional patches and medal ribbon are Dad's original ones (the p

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    Hi Ade, I think they are correct, attached is from the IWM site, the other pic is of slip on titles,
    cheers, John.


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    This is my Sahariana with 78th patch. In an facebook group they said me that it is Austria made. It's correct? Thanks

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    Hallo, have you a under photo in big format? Thanks

    This is my Sahariana with 78th patch. In an facebook group they said me that it is Austria made. It's correct? Thanks

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    Yes, I believe this type of patch was produced in Austria during the 78th divisions occupation duties, the axe blade is not connected up as in the wartime version, full size pic attached shows wartime version, not one of my pics but one i found on the net. cheers, John.




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    My small selection of 78th. Div combination titles, John.

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    Quote by psycopis View Post
    Hallo, have you a under photo in big format? Thanks

    This is my Sahariana with 78th patch. In an facebook group they said me that it is Austria made. It's correct? Thanks

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    Possibly the late war Belgian (Brabbant) version or early post war type. The weave on the back might show, but as they are sewn on that is not going to be possible.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    My small selection of 78th. Div combination titles, John.
    what a great collection, I have not got any of these in my collection, I did bid on one in auction with a royal west kent formation patch under the battleaxe, but missed out, think it made 120, would have liked that one as they were part of 36inf.bgd. which my dad was attached too. cheers, John.

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    You think that is not genuine. I'm not an expert. The jacket is indian made. Can you explane me more information? Thanks

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    not at all, I think this is a post war (1946) version, Thats all !!!

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    Hallo, have you a under photo in big format? Thanks

    This is my Sahariana with 78th patch. In an facebook group they said me that it is Austria made. It's correct? Thanks

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    This version is the type used by 11th Infantry brigade as part of the BAOR in the 1950's.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Hi John, looking good!

    My only query is, as I don't know, is the direction of the divisional flashes. Would they not both face the same way?

    Cheers, Ade.
    As far as I know, 78th Division patches were only ever made left facing.

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    Hi,

    As pointed out the photo has photographers backdrop of Florence. However, it was taken in Florence. Here is a photo of my grandfather with the same backdrop - I know it was taken in Florence as I have other where he has written on the back it was taken in while on leave in Florence after the end of the war. This makes sense with the collar and tie...similar to you father.

    Incidentally this is a colourised photo - the army patch on the left should be the red and black cat of the 56th division. Oddly enough in the other colorized pics I have they did it correctly.

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