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Hello,

Here is a gift from a veteran that i met during my last visit from the past week. It is a shoulderboard from his Tropical uniform - Yellow / flying troops.

This soldier (Gefr.T.) was actually a trained glider pilot and at the Erg.Gr.(S) 2 based at posen when that unit was completely sent towards Tunesia to fight against the allies.

The unit these guys where sent towards is better known as the Lw. feldregiment "Barenthin".

Once in Tunesia he was wounded rather fast in a Jabo attack (Englisch Spitfire) and this before he was actually in action. He stayed however in Tunesia and was to see action near Sidi N'Sir (Mateur area) etc ... untill he was sent back towards Germany with a illness.

This ilness did cause him to spent 3 months in a hospital during early 1943. He never did see Africa again (the Germans did surrender in may 1943) and was later trained to become a FJ and was sent towards the Normandy Front.

He survived the whole war and this was one of the few remambrance pieces he still had untill this very day.

Cordial greetings,

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Hello,

And the reverse of this piece. Any opinion on how hard these are to find? It is the very first one i have ever found still with the veteran who did wear those. I have visited over 100 glider veterans as of this day and i must say that it is extreme how few uniformpieces you encounter.

Cordial greetings,

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That is a great piece of insignia, most of all because it came from the initial veteran. :jumping::jumping:

Tropical insignia is not common and tends to be very expensive when compared to the continental blue-gray uniform insignia.

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That is a great piece of insignia, most of all because it came from the initial veteran. :jumping::jumping:

Tropical insignia is not common and tends to be very expensive when compared to the continental blue-gray uniform insignia.

Hello!

I agree.Nice looking item. :jumping::rolleyes:

Regards

Nesredep

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Nice piece with great history, is that a field made strap??? no tongue to the strap, looks like it was meant

to be sewn to the tunic, strange looking sewing to the reverse too, great looking strap from the front, I am

guessing that this one isn't an issue strap and made up for him either in the field or an in country tailor perhaps.

(The guy to ask with this one is John Hodgin in the US).

Bob

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Nice piece with great history, is that a field made strap??? no tongue to the strap, looks like it was meant

to be sewn to the tunic, strange looking sewing to the reverse too, great looking strap from the front, I am

guessing that this one isn't an issue strap and made up for him either in the field or an in country tailor perhaps.

(The guy to ask with this one is John Hodgin in the US).

Bob

That happens when you smoke the carpet :rolleyes::cheers:

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