British Special Air Service WW2 Shoulder Titles

A rare set of British Special Air Service WW2 shoulder titles, machine embroidered in Cambridge blue thread on maroon woollen backiing. The reverse of the shoulder titles have a hessian style backing. This version of the title were introduced in late 1944 or early 1945 after the Regimental numbers had been discontinued. Both titles have no damage or repairs in good condition.


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Special Air Service Badge

The badge is said to have been designed by Bob Tait and was intended to be a winged representation of Excalibur. The colours were red white and blue, the blue being both dark and light perhaps to represent Oxford and Cambridge, as in the SAS parachute wings. The motto is said to have been suggested by David Stirling. The prototype cap badges are said to have been in enamel but were of such poor quality that the move was made to cloth. The badges came in a variety of sizes and widths, reflecting no more than the wide variety of manufacturers used over the years. The badges issued after the Regiment’s return in the UK appear to have been rather more squat with a shorter sword. There are metal versions, in brass and white metal, some with and some without the motto. For example, one in plain brass without detail was said to have been produced for individuals by REME fitters in Kabrit, and in 1943 there was a one-off official issue of an Egyptian-made brass version, with detail. In the 1950s anodised aluminum versions were issued.

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