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Old 12-10-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Early French Para Badge

Just wanted to share this one to hopefully wake this forum up!

Nice early 2,XXX badge dated to later 1942/3 along with the early Indochina era Indochine St. Michel medal.





Identified to Lieutenant Michel LEGRAND of the 4th French SAS, awarded 1942 in the UK between operations in North Africa (Libya/Tunisia). LEGRAND jumped into Normandy June 7/8. In Indochine very early in 1946, with the 2 RCP and later was involved in Dien Bien Phu rescue operations. LEGRAND died in Saigon 1955.

Here's a French-language bio: http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/582.html
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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Really nice Scotty. Love the wings.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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Very nice. Cheers for showing it.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:49 PM   #4
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Nice early badge.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:07 PM   #5
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wow!
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:13 PM   #6
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Scotty,

A very beautiful and historic piece! Thanks for sharing, I enjoy French para wings and insigne from DBP.
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:33 AM   #7
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Hello

This badge was given between 16 April and 8 May 1944 at Ringway.
So I don't think this is the Captain LEGRAND who volunteered to serve in the paratroopers in 1942.

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This badge was given between 16 April and 8 May 1944 at Ringway.
So I don't think this is the Captain LEGRAND who volunteered to serve in the paratroopers in 1942.

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I certainly open to scrutiny, but I think if you review the bio and unit history, you will see they volunteered for para duty, saw action in N Africa before para training, then returned to the UK for further training at Ringway in 1942 before continuing action in Africa early 1943.

I disagree with the 1944 dating.

http://www.f-i-m.org/t892p100-brevet-parachutiste

Its also fair to state that brevet numbers in the early wartime era were not issued chronologically: http://www.camps-parachutistes.org/t...u-debut-a-1985

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Old 12-13-2014, 04:44 PM   #9
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I'm curious, how did French troops in France get the Drago made para badges during the war? Or were this issued after the war in serial numbering for wartime UK trained French paras?
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I'm curious, how did French troops in France get the Drago made para badges during the war? Or were this issued after the war in serial numbering for wartime UK trained French paras?
They started issuing them in 1946 and the early numbers were essentially 'catchup' to award those who had previously gone through training during the war.

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Old 12-13-2014, 06:29 PM   #11
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since they were trained at ringway during the war, did they wear british jump wings?

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They started issuing them in 1946 and the early numbers were essentially 'catchup' to award those who had previously gone through training during the war.

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since they were trained at ringway during the war, did they wear british jump wings?
Yes, during wartime before the forces 'repatriated' they would have worn British wings (and likely British uniform/equipment)
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thnks for the info!

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Yes, during wartime before the forces 'repatriated' they would have worn British wings (and likely British uniform/equipment)
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:31 AM   #14
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List of numbered french badges paratroopers :

http://www.symboles-et-traditions.fr...e-n-brevet.htm

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Old 01-02-2015, 11:01 AM   #15
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Wow...a really nice one.
Thks for posting.
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