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Chasseur Alpin Narvik 1940

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What do you think about this beret badge? Original from 1939-40? I'm just starting to look into badges worn by French units in Norway 1940, and don't really know much about it.

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Dan, an interesting unit.  Unfortunately, I cannot help you with authenticity of the badge.  However, you might want to try and post a better image.  The one you have posted appears quite blurry when enlarged.  Also, a scan/image of the reverse might be helpful.  Are there any makers marks on the reverse?

 

The 53e Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins appears to have a lengthy First World War history, but only a very short history in the Second World War, 1939-40.  The battalion also came back as a reserve unit from 1979-94; is it possible the badge is from this later period?

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The photo is from an online auction, and this was the only picture posted unfortunately. Strange that sellers choose to display such low quality pictures. Presentation is everything if you wish to attract buyers.

Thank you for the information regarding the unit.

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I saw several of these for sale on French eBay.  My guess is that these are all from the later period.

 

Hopefully, one of our French experts will chime in soon...

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If it is in fact a later piece, the blurry image might disguise that while still tempting someone to take a chance on buying it.  But then, i'm a cynic about ebay!

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