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The airborne soldier to the left is likely a member of the Forward Observation Unit. He wears a captured Italian camouflage jacket, maroon beret without badge and Trousers Parachutist. Note the center plastic button on the bellows leg pocket and the brass snap on the corners of the pocket flap. A member of the Battalion in Germany also wearing Trousers Parachutist. Note that this Sergeant has added an additional pocket to the bottom left pant leg.


Below, showing a popular locally made embroidered British Airborne Corps insignia privately purchased by Pte. F.G. West for his walking out battledress. Note that the leg of Bellerophon is visible on this unauthorized example. An authorized version for officers (right) is in proper silhouette.

Plastic cap badge from Pte. J.R. Dillon retaining the cardboard backing stiffener used inside the beret. These were commonly made from cigarette cartons.

Member of Battalion Signal Section with sidearm and wireless telegraphy equipment - Germany

Members of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada with Allied camouflage parachute material. This material was frequently used to make scarves in the field.

British Denim Battledress work clothes worn by a member of the Battalion 

Unauthorized embroidered shoulder title purchased from local shops around Bulford after the printed examples became available in May 1944.

Both early Smock Denison Airborne Troops (standing) and modified example (bottom). This picture was taken in Germany in 1945. Note Sergeant stripes worn on right sleeve of the smock. Also extra pocket sewn to left sleeve. It is also interesting (man at bottom), he wears the Stretcher Bearer Geneva Cross sewn to the sleeve of the smock.

Top, printed shoulder title from Pte. J.R. Dillon who was captured on D-Day. Standard British Airborne Corps printed insignia. The 1 Canadian Parachute Bn. Identification strip of Pte. R. Walker and bottom the Airborne Marksman Badge of Pte. W. Yurkowski

 

The following part orders are located in the War Diary of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. They contain orders issued by the Battalion, British 3rd Parachute Brigade, British 6th Airborne Division Headquarters and British Airborne Corps Headquarters. 


BERETS (a) The band of the beret will be worn one inch above and parallel to the eyebrows. The Regimental badge will be worn approx. one inch above the bottom of the leather band and just in front of the left temple. (b) The distance between the bottom of the band around the Beret and the badge should be measured from the bottom of the badge or scroll.

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