Original British WW2 Army Formation Badge: 4th Infantry Division (Quartered Red Circle)
Original Item: Found in the IMA clean up, just one wood crate of original packs of different formation badges used in the liberation of Europe in 1944/45. Officially adopted in 1941, these badges indicated the large formations under which a unit was serving. Several different Regiments may have served in one Brigade or Division.
These badges were only worn on Battle Dress Blouses, in most cases, issued in attached pairs, one for each bicep. In the case of animal symbols, these were made in mirrored pairs so that on each upper arm the animal could be facing frontward. In a few cases, in particular free Polish units, only one patch was used on the upper left arm. A truly excellent reference is from the book "FROM D-DAY TO V-E DAY,THE BRITISH SOLDIER" by Jean Bouchery Volume One.
All the offered badges were purchased in a Ministry of Defense Sale in 1996 at Bicester in Oxfordshire, England where they had presumably lain undisturbed since WW2. All are 100% cotton, wartime production, including one known to have been made in occupied Italy in 1943/44.
Each, except where noted, is offered in original one-piece fabric unit for the individual soldier to cut into two and then personally sew onto the upper arms of his Battle Dress Blouse.
The 4th Infantry Division Served in France starting in October 1939, moved to North Africa as part of the 1st Army, fought their way to Tunis, then landed in Italy and took part in the second battle of Casino and the liberation of Florence. They then served in Greece only to return to Italy before the secession of hostilities.
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