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FRENCH Patch identification

#1 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:44 am

I have no idea if it is British or French, WW I or WW II. If anyone that knows or collects patches has any idea please can you identify this patch? It is a British olive color and has bullion thread and small metal disks sewn on a half moon shape with the number 4 above the half moon symbol. I found it in a box of patches and paid 50 cents. I have no idea what it is???? It is 3 1/2 inches long by 1 7/8 wide at its widest portion. It has some sort of dirty white or very light grey piping at the top.
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Re: Patch identification

#2 Post by Cattus Borealis » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:36 pm

I'm willing to bet it is French for their North African troops. The Islamic crescent gives it away.

Someone wiser than me probably has better intel...

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Re: Patch identification

#3 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:41 pm

I agree it is most likely French by shape and design, but the insignia of the 4e regiment de chasseurs d'Afriques is different and most with a 4 have similar shape but a horn. I guess we need a French patch collector to ID this hard to find patch. This could be a Quiz almost all would fail.
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Re: FRENCH Patch identification

#4 Post by 72 usmc » Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:52 pm

500 views and no one can tell what it is???
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Re: FRENCH Patch identification

#5 Post by 72 usmc » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:25 am

I was watching the movie, DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGENES) 2006. It is about African Arab French Colonial troops from the 7th Algerian Infantry regiment in WW II. Mostly from Senegal & Morocco. Their uniforms had this same shoulder patch. So it is a WW II, French Algerian, Infantry shoulder patch. Except mine is from the 4th regiment. It is odd that it is made from a bullion, metallic, wire like thread and is a very well made shoulder patch. I think it was hand stitched details. How it got to a WI family junk box, rummage sale is unknown?
The 3e RTA was also referred to as the Division of the Three Crescents (French: Division des Trois Croissants) representing the 3 Tirailleurs Regiments:

3rd Algerian Tirailleurs Regiment (French: 3e Régiment de Tirailleurs Algériens, 3e RTA)
4th Tunisian Tirailleurs Regiment (French: 4e Régiment de Tirailleurs Tunisiens, 4e RTT)
7th Algerian Tirailleurs Regiment (French: 7e Régiment de Tirailleurs Algériens, 7e RTA)

A great movie that is a sort of French version of Saving Private Ryan. It had some nice views of Mas 36 rifles. It also shows the French military cemetery at Alsace, France at the end of the movie. A great movie if you have not seen it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Glory_(2006_film)
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/days ... genes-2007
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/d ... el-history
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