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"Operation Torch" jumpwings insignia question.
« on: July 19, 2015, 07:26:39 AM »
"Operation Torch" was the name given to the allied invasion of N.Africa. Recently, a collector showed me a WW2 jumpwing which he claimed belonged to a member of the 82nd Airborne who had participated in the invasion. Attached to the wing were three bronze appurtenances...an invasion arrowhead...a single jump star...and the subject of this post...a small torch, similar to that held by Lady Liberty. The collector maintained it was authentic and that it was worn exclusively by "Operation Torch" participants. I don't doubt what he says, though (a) I've never seen/heard of this before  (b) I've done a little research (though not exhaustive) and as yet can find no reference to such insignia. Unfortunately, I don't have a photograph of the jumpwings in question. Has anyone out there encountered or previously heard of this rare and presumably unofficial insignia? Any info would be gratefully received. Thanks!
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Re: "Operation Torch" jumpwings insignia question.
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 11:19:54 AM »
No-one?!   :o
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Re: "Operation Torch" jumpwings insignia question.
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 11:34:55 AM »
Hi there

As we know,never buy the story, with that said Americans are well known to embellish their uniforms ,insignia whether cloth or metal.

There are instances of embellished "bronze appurtenances" on jump wings , rare but legit and documented.

These would of been unofficial and individually applied.

I would of advised they did but you need provenance to back it.

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Re: "Operation Torch" jumpwings insignia question.
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 12:15:33 PM »
I would have to agree with Phil here. I have just been through all of my Airborne reference books, "Hero's in our Midst (3 volumes) and Gary Howards (America's Finest) as well as some back issues of ASMICs Trading Post but could not fine one example of an Airborne Wing with a Torch Device..

I would really love to see a photo of this wing and as we have heard before that GIs would embellish their decorations with unauthorized and unapproved insignia.

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Re: "Operation Torch" jumpwings insignia question.
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 02:07:39 PM »
I forgot to add.

What you are trying to determine is that all three devices are put on the same way ie using wire and soldering.

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