American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations
of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham 1999
Insignia of Airborne Units
Second World War
Airborne Breast Oval (Background Trimming)
Airborne Breast Oval with Jump Wings
Although not a shoulder sleeve insignia most airborne units had a distinct oval badge worn under the parachutist
badge worn on the left breast. The one pictured above is a generic one for all artillery units that were part of Airborne Divisions.
Airborne Infantry Brigade
The 2nd Airborne Infantry Brigade was sent to Europe were it was broken up and used to reinforce the airborne
divisions in the theater. Its two regiments were the 501stand 508th.
Parachute Infantry Regiments
Unapproved pocket insignia exist for various Parachute Infantry Regiments raised during World War Two.