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French Badge?

8 Feb

French Badge?

Picked up this badge in New Zealand a few years ago for a few dollars. Would love to be able to find out a bit more about it. Wondering if it might be French as it has the Cross of Lorraine in the centre which was the symbol used by the Free French forces during the Second World War. The ‘FL’ could stand for Francais Libres and then there is the date!

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5 Responses to “French Badge?”

  1. liverpoolblitz February 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    I sometimes find it handy not to make any assumptions. I spent ages trawling through Parachute and RAF badges once because the badge that was with a paratrooper’s beret consisted of a set of stylised wings and the letters GTW. Eventually I found out that it was a Union badge (Transport and General Workers) which the paratrooper belonged to in his working life before the war.

    • homefrontmuseum February 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Your probably right Neil – originally I thought FL might be Friendship League! I think I will have to label it as ‘unknown’ World War 2 badge for the moment.

  2. liverpoolblitz February 11, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    Maybe yes, its always a bit tricky. Be interesting to find out the answer though, so do please tell me if you ever identify it. The only thing I could find related to the date was that a Foreign Legion unit was disbanded, but since it was serving the Vichy government at the time, I would think that it would be unlikely to promote its links with America, Britain and the Cross of Lorraine.

    • homefrontmuseum February 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Certainly will keep you posted; this will be someone’s specialist field and know the answer I’m sure!

      • liverpoolblitz February 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

        I wrote an article about the paratrooper I mentioned, its quite an interesting story, so when I have time I’ll add it to my blog. Its a bit “off topic” because it has nothing to do with the blitz on Merseyside, but what the heck!

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