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WW2 Polish Eagle Cap Badge wz.39


Palestine, 1940-44, brass

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Polish eagle cap badge depicting an eagle with spread wings sitting on an amazon shield. The head is topped with a closed crown. On the reverse a threaded post with spinner. Die stamped.

 A 1939 pattern Polish eagle cap badge made from 1940 onwards in Palestine. Used commonly by the Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade. Very good condition as on photographs. The badge is originally bent by the owner to fit a front of a side cap.

 This version of the eagle is mentioned in the book by Tomasz Zawistowski. “Polskie Orły na Czapki 1939-45” on page 69, illustration 48.

 The Polish Eagle Cap badge belonged to an officer of the 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division, 2nd Lieutenant Stanisław Hugo Carma. Born in 1909. Awarded the Cross of Valour. Took part in the Battle of Monte Cassino. Fought in the 1st Carpathian Regiment of Light Artillery and then transferred to the 3rd Carpathian Regiment of Light Artillery. Settled down in the UK after the war in Loughborough (Leicestershire), passed away in 1994.