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 Post subject: FANY history
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 15:04 pm 
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Hi, I'm trying to find out some history about the FANYS who served on the Homefront. Most of the stuff I've found tend to be on their link with SOE. I've read that FANYS were attached to the Polish Forces in exile and that they drove the ambulances at the parachute training schools. When they were attached as drivers to various units, were they put under that units control and would they then have adopted that unit's insignia, like the grey beret and eagle of the polish paras or were they still technically under FANY command.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 12:19 pm 
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Try and find a copy of 'Service with the Army' or FANY Invicta

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookD ... NY+invicta

Far more helpful.

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Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 12:21 pm 
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And there was a great website about the FANY serving with the Poles but although they wore some Polish insignia, I've never seen proof of them wearing grey berets. (always willing to be proved wrong!)

Mac someone ran a little group with a beautifully restored vehicle, somewhere up in Scotland. Will try and find a link.

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Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 20:29 pm 
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Thank you for replying. I've been looking at the 1st motor ambulance convoy in Scotland and I've found a few photos of FANYS with Polish badges. I've been reading about Cecily Pagett-Bowman who drove the ambulance at the parachute training school,although I can't find any pictures of her. Would she have been seconded to the Parachute Regiment, like the FANYS who worked with the Poles?


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Cecily Bowman from a Para's scrapbook

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Brilliant! What an incredible piece of history. Thank you for posting.


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Just had a closer look. What are the patches on her collar?


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Look like Polish rank, can't see on this piddly screen. I've got some standard FANY in Scotland with the Poles photos I will scan tomorrow. Mac was a great help when I put my kit together but it looks like the website has gone.

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Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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http://www.bookshopsdriveinsandjive.com ... chive.html has another pic about 3/4 of the way down - google took me to the same picture on Pintrest but I think you need to log on to see that properly - you get a better view of the collar insignia which looks kind of like a flaming grenade.

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It looks a bit like a brooch but I can't tell what.


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Are we talking about the collar insignia? Isn't it French on closer inspection?

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Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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