Another form this excellent collection of WW11 Airborne badges and insignia is this rare Italian Arab Airborne Paratrooper Badge worn by the Ascari Del Cielo who were the first paratroopers of the Italian armed forces.
All were born in Libya of Arab Berber ethnicity and were led by Italian officers and senior NCOâ€™s.
These were amongst the first airborne forces to be established anywhere in WW11 and their insignia is extremely rare.
The badge was worn on the jump suits and was large, measuring 115mm x 57mm at the widest point. It comprises a blue/green backing with hand embroidered detail in gold bullion. Overall condition is very good.
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