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Estonian military badges 1919-1940. Top of the sphere.

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Dear Gentlemen,

The Estonian national army was born in 1917. Most of the military units and institutions had their badges.

The badges are rare as the right to wear the badge was enjoyed only by field officers and NCOs who had exemplary served in the unit for at least six months. The units were small and only 2000 men obtained the education of a proffessional officer between the two World Wars.

So 50-200 is common number of issued badges for most of the units.

Most of the military badges were made by Roman Tavast`s firm who`s output is distinguished for it`s exeptionally high workmanship and a good taste. Some famous artists, like P. Luhtein, G. Reindorff, designed Estonian military awards.

Here you can see Motorized Tank Regiment badge. 450 men including 30 officers served in MTR in 1939.

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Badge of the Single Armoured Car Group of the Defence League Tallinn regional unit.

The badge is extr. rare. 89 men served in the unit in 1939.

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Exceptionally fine designs!!!! :cheers:

Thank you!

Let`s move on. We have a long way to go. I hope you will enjoy the trip.

pluribus

Badge of the 1st Infantry Regiment. Late version 1934-1940 with the gold 1.

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and here is the older version with the silvery 1.

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Hi pluribus :cheers:

Some very beautiful pieces, please show more, front and back please.

Kevin in Deva :beer:

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Thank you!

Badge of the 2nd Single Infantry Battalion. Numbered on the reverse No.39teinepat.jpg

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Badge of the 3rd Single Infantry Battalion. Numbered on the back No.69kolmbat.jpg

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Badge of the Armored Train Regiment. Badge numbered No. 101

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Military School Badge- for the officers of staff for at least two years participation.sjkool.jpg

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Great collection, pluribus. I am still stunned by the wonderful design of these badges. Do you have per chance any pictures of these badges in wear?

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Badge of the Cavalry Regiment.

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Another type of the badge.

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Rewarded person.

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NCO wearing Badge of the Sakala Single Infantry Battalion, Badge of School of NCO, I class Marksman`s badge .

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Here you can see Motorized Tank Regiment badge. 450 men including 30 officers served in MTR in 1939.

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The photo shows cadre NCO from different branches of the Army. Infantry, cavalry, navy, air force, border guard.

Will show one by one all the badges and medals they are wearing.

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Badge of the Companions of the Cross of Liberty sub-unit of Tartu regional unit of Defence League.

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Superb stuff pluribus !

I've been long wondering about the Cavalry Regiment Badge - it's great to see your magnificent ones !

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One questions btw : do you happen to know what colour the Hussar uniform of the Cavalry Regiment was ?

I have quite a few photos featuring those superb uniforms, and I've been wondering for ages !

http://www.hussards-photos.com/Independanc...ome.htm#Estonie

Salutations,

J?r?me

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