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Well I struggled to figure out where to start this as there are other UN threads scattered about. But I will consider these Modern Conflicts. I will be posting mainly insignia, Metal and cloth. .Of course I would like others to post there insignia also. So here goes. The first is Hungarian troops with the U.N, these pieces I feel are likely made in Hungary. This would be from UNPROFOR in Jugoslavia. The smaller round patch is most likely a beret badge. While I will try and describe these insignia the best I can , corrections and additions will always be welcomed. As there is an ongoing U.N. Police thread I would like to steer clear of that for our purposes.

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Next is Baltic Countries. It is my understanding that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all supplied troops to the U.N. during UNPROFOR. The first piece is Baltic Bn patch which is printed on a rubberized piece of cloth. The next is a Latvia Tab likely worn on the upper sleeve near the shoulder.

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Russian Contingent to UNPROFOR. The insignia implies this was an Airborne capable unit. There are 2 metal Russian pocket badges from this period that also display Airborne capabilities. I will post those later.

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Fantastic additions Antonio. This is a great start towards building a solid base of reference on United Nations related insignia. Thanks John

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Russian Contingent to UNPROFOR. The insignia implies this was an Airborne capable unit. There are 2 metal Russian pocket badges from this period that also display Airborne capabilities. I will post those later.

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Here are 2 metal badges related to the U.N.Russian Contingents. 1st Russian Bn, stationed near Mostar and the 2d Russian Bn stationed near Sarajevo. These both have a post and screw type attachment on the reverse. Airborne capable.

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4 pocket badges from U.N. operations in the Mideast. At top left is U.N. Observer Group Golan Heights,Damscus. Top right U.N. Truce Supervision Organization / Observer Detachment Damascus. Bottom Left U.N Liaison Office Amman Jordan. Bottom Right U.N. Emergency Force/ U.N. Disengagement Observer Force Liaison Office in Jerusalem. All of these badge would likely been worn from a leather hanger French style from the pocket.

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UNDOF SIGNALS Badge, Concave, 52 mm X 41mm

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UNDOF MEDICAL SERVICES Badge, Flat, 49mm x 40mm

Sorry about the quality, just found after being in storage since late 1980 :speechless1:

Kevin in Deva. :cheers:

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FINCOY, UNDOF GOLAN BADGE,Flat, 59mm x 45mm

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CANLOG UNDOF GOLAN, GOLAN HEIGHTS EXPRESS, MOUNTAIN DRIVER, Flat, 60mm x 44mm.

Very poor condition, at some stage it had a resign type substance poured over it!!! :angry:

possibly a clear lacquer finish that deteriorated while in storage.

Kevin in Deva. :cheers:

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Thanks Kevin, great additions. John

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Here is a badge with some tongue in cheek humor about a not so humorous scenario. Hijack Club. In the background is a map of Lebanon with the dates of 77/78. The vehicle has U.N On the side and UNTSO plates. 'Truce Supervision Organization." Alongside the vehicle is the supposed hijacker, armed and with his head covered in wrap. It is a lucite covered badge which is made in Lebanon by Hamadeh. These Lucite or Plastic covered badges being attributed to Hamadeh are normally painted white on the reverse.

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Here is a fanion for the French 8th Para Marine Regiment, Service and Command Company (CCS). This would be U.N. Service in Lebanon late 1970's and early 80's. Likely a souvenier piece.

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Other side. Also badges for the 8th RPIMA. The first two would be from the 2nd/3rd Mandate. the third badge is from the 9th mandate in 1982. Last badge is for the Signals Unit of the the 8thRPIMA unsure of time period but my quess is late 1970's. This is a local Lebanese made piece as is the first badge.

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Some patches with a Scandinavian connection: Starting with a patch worn by a Swede in the ONUC mission in Congo pre-1963 (the veteran I got it from were awarded the medal with the UNTSO-style ribbon with a "Congo" clasp, not the later green-white-blue ribbon). Then over to the ex-Yugoslavia missions of the 90's, the Nordbat 2 combination was worn by the Swedish contribution to UNPROFOR (it also included a Danish tank squadron), the UNPREDEP patch was issued to a Dane in the Scandinavian mission in Macedonia (which was actually considered the original Nordbat, hence Nordbat 2 in Bosnia). The Shirbrig patch has a Swedish connection because of the griffin (the regimental insignia of the South Scanian Regiment), and if Sweden didn't actually contribute with troops to Shirbrig, it could very well have been training in Southern Sweden. The bilingual UN patch is also Swedish in origin, but normally the patch with United Nations in English would be issued.

/Jonas

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Some patches with a Scandinavian connection: Starting with a patch worn by a Swede in the ONUC mission in Congo pre-1963 (the veteran I got it from were awarded the medal with the UNTSO-style ribbon with a "Congo" clasp, not the later green-white-blue ribbon). Then over to the ex-Yugoslavia missions of the 90's, the Nordbat 2 combination was worn by the Swedish contribution to UNPROFOR (it also included a Danish tank squadron), the UNPREDEP patch was issued to a Dane in the Scandinavian mission in Macedonia (which was actually considered the original Nordbat, hence Nordbat 2 in Bosnia). The Shirbrig patch has a Swedish connection because of the griffin (the regimental insignia of the South Scanian Regiment), and if Sweden didn't actually contribute with troops to Shirbrig, it could very well have been training in Southern Sweden. The bilingual UN patch is also Swedish in origin, but normally the patch with United Nations in English would be issued.

/Jonas

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Jonas, thank you for those patches with descriptions. I was unsure of the makeup of Nordbatt 2 your description helps. Best John

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Jonas, thank you for those patches with descriptions. I was unsure of the makeup of Nordbatt 2 your description helps. Best John

Hello John!

The first rotation (BA01) had three Swedish mech inf companies as well as the Danish tank squadron, the fourth mech inf coy was introduced with the second rotation (BA02), there was also a HQ Coy. The Danish tank squadron seem to have disappeared with the changeover between BA04 and BA05. The battalion changed name (and master) during the fifth rotation to Swebat, when NATO took over (BA05-BA07 IFOR, BA07-BA99 SFOR).

/Jonas

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Russian Contingent to UNPROFOR. The insignia implies this was an Airborne capable unit. There are 2 metal Russian pocket badges from this period that also display Airborne capabilities. I will post those later.

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They were in the winter of 92/93. We went out to RussBat HQ at the arport in Osijek. They were airborne and I still have the para patch somewhere.

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In January 1993 the revitalized Croatian army attacked the Serbian positions around Maslenica in southern Croatia, and a company of Argentinians equipt with Marders came and stayed at Camp Polum with us as the CanBatt was deployed down by the Sava as a block to the croats incase they came into the PA. Not exactley "UN" however the result of a night in the mess tent. :cheers:

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Laurence thank you for your input and photos. Please drop in any other rememberances from your time in Yugoslavia. I had not seen any of these insignia before. good stuff, Best John

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United Nations Military Observer's breast badge, private purchase, East Timor c 2003 -04, Of painted brass, it measures about 49mm x 47mm:

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Thanks jkas. I need to post some newly acquired UN pieces. Work has kept me away for quite a while. Best John

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