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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 15:31 pm 
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Real Name: Pepijn
Since I'm trying to complete my No. 2 Dutch troop impression, I'm looking for the appropriate badges and cord. I already have an original Dutch lion arm badge, so I'm looking for the 10 Commando shoulder titles, the Combined Operations arm badge and the orange cord the Dutch commandos wore, to distinguish them from the British commandos who wore a green cord.

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Please correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know the shoulder titles and arm badge came in two versions: printed and embroided. I’m not sure which version was first available and which one the Dutch commandos wore. If anyone can provide me with some answers, please do.

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Also the arm badge had a round and tombstone shaped version. The Dutch commandos wore both. I even read a story about shaping the tombstone version to a round one. Due to the Dutch lion badge and the Combined Operations badge, the space on the left arm to add rank insignia was limited, which resulted in tombstone badges being reshaped.

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So, in short, I’m looking for places which sell good quality printed and/or embroided versions of the emblems and the orange cord. If anyone knows a store or someone, please let me know. Thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 18:21 pm 
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Pipijn
I have just had a look through my box of badge etc,I have a pair of very good quality embroidered 10 Commando titles and a pair of embroidered round Combined Ops badges as well,the shoulder titles I have had for more than 25 years,I cant remember where I got them from but I'm sure they are repros as are the C Ops badges.Drop me a PM if you are interested in them.Have you thought of buying a white lanyard (cord) and dying it the colour you want?.
Gary


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 15:05 pm 
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Hi Gary,

Thanks for the reply and the offer. Well, I still don't know which version (printed or embroided) was issued earlier. I prefer the look of the printed insignia, but I want my impression to be as close as possible. I'll keep your offer in mind. Btw thanks for the tip, haven't thought about dying a white lanyard. I will look into it.


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Printed insignia was the earliest pattern, embroidered came later, you do see both being worn though. Whilst not 100% correct you can pick up the orange lanyard as issued to 101st airborne which would probably look okay, otherwise just buy some electrical cord, pull the wire core out and pop in some paracord instead!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221852021922? ... EBIDX%3AIT
Not all of them wore the lanyard of course, if anything most didn't if you study more photos. They didn't wear the orange backing to the cap badge either, instead wearing either a black felt rectangle or nothing at all.
cheers
Paul


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:56 pm 
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Hi Paul,

Thanks for your reply. I bought some printed insignia a couple of months ago. This week I bought a '50s dated white lanyard which I will dye orange as Gary suggested. Regarding the backing, I added a black felt rectangle to my green beret as it was more common than nothing at all (The Belgians also had a lion cap badge and wore it without backing).

Kind regards,
Pepijn


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