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#26 05-10-2018 04:50:54

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
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Re: Tropical Signal Insignia

Hi, a recent purchase - a tropical Funkmeister badge.

Anyone have a photo of this being worn on a tunic?

Regards Markus.

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#27 07-10-2018 08:16:27

msteve21
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From: Australia
Registered: 05-12-2011
Posts: 560

Re: Tropical Signal Insignia

Had a look at some pics over the weekend, no luck Markus
There is this from a previous post

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/75_2587_radio_operator.jpg

Actually quite rare to find period photos of speciality badges been worn

Cheers

Msteve


Collector of DAK & Panzer Militia
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#28 07-10-2018 12:14:52

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
Posts: 520

Re: Tropical Signal Insignia

Thanks msteve21, agree very unusual to find specialist badges in use on tropical uniforms, apart from some rare examples.

The main ones I've observed are the medical specialist badge and the signal blitz in areas like Greece or Italy.  I think that the problem with the signal blitz
was similar to the soutache on tropical caps - the individual colour for the different arms of services was a logistical problem when this needed to be permanently affixed
to an item of clothing.  (Lot easier to have a generic cap and swap slip on shoulder boards with the correct arm of service Waffenfarbe on tunics).

The very few signal blitzes that I've seen that appear to have been affixed to tunics looked to have been very crudely tacked on by the soldiers themselves.

I've even sat there staring at film footage of long lines of German troops as they've filed past following surrender in Tunisia and virtually nothing at all to be seen, despite the fact that these
tropical specialist badges appear to have been available from 1942...

Regards Markus

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