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Article about: I think this to be a correct WW2 issue beret. The naming inside the diamond looks to be British Beret Basque LTD and dated 1944 but it is very faded. There is though the WD stamp inside the

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    I think this to be a correct WW2 issue beret.
    The naming inside the diamond looks to be British Beret Basque LTD and dated 1944 but it is very faded. There is though the WD stamp inside the rim with a Z which according to the table also indicates 1944. The para wings have been stitched on more recently it seems but there is evidence of earlier stitching and beneath them it looks like two holes have been made for the lugs of the cap badge. Not sure if they are war time issue though.
    Quite faded and moth eaten ... but came from a shed clearance on a local carboot last year so did not break the bank
    Cheers
    Gary

    Don't seem to be able to post images ?

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    Hard to comment without pictures
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    Hard to comment without pictures
    Haha ... thanks Jerry too true ...

    Hope these will illustrate ... needed to use a PC rather than a mobile device

    Regards

    Gary
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    What is this stitching circled in red?

    Obviously as you no doubt well know, they never had the wings sewn to them, done post war, perhaps by the veteran himself.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks for the reply Jerry unfortunately can not open images on my phone so will have a look when online tmrww .. and I think the idea of post war addition of the wings is most likely and has been suggested on the badge forum where I was able to view the excellent thread on identifying WW2 berets
    Cheers
    Gary

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    Could just be the way I folded it to photograph the badge ,, but will try to take some more pics
    Cheers
    Gary

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    Quote by Ludford101 View Post
    Could just be the way I folded it to photograph the badge ,, but will try to take some more pics
    Cheers
    Gary
    Here is the inside and what is left of the writing inside the diamond

    Cheers

    Gary
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    Have you tried gently wetting the makers logo as that will often bring the markings out.

    I cannot see anything obviously wrong with it
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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