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American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham 1999

Insignia of Airborne Units

U.S. Army

Second World War

Airborne Breast Oval (Background Trimming)

Airborne Oval

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

2nd AB Brig.


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

509th Parachute Infantry
509 th

Unapproved pocket insignia exist for various Parachute Infantry Regiments raised during World War Two.

More: Airborne Infantry Regiment Pocket Patches
Airborne Oval Background Trimmings
MORE: History of Jump Wings
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