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Beneath it the tab read 'KITDIFOHS' which stood for 'Kept in the DarklFed Only on Horse Shit' . Other Special Forces insignia worn in Vietnam included those adopted by the Mobile Strike Forces, and they tended to mix South Vietnamese and US motifs. The Mobile Strike Forces had a very simple patch, the death's head with MF below it on a black shield. The tiger featured in some patches, and when the 1st and 2nd Mobile Strike Forces became more formalized, the Death's Head was replaced by patches showing a knife with SF-style lightning bolts.

Breast badge of the Italian 77lhl78th Infanlry Regimenls 10. Norwegian cockade. so. Miscellaneous Western European Insignia: I. Formalion sign of the Headquarters Allied Forces Norlhern Europe 2. Distinctive insignia of Ihe French 3rd Parachule Regiment of Marine Infanlry 3. Distinctive insignia o(the 1st Company, \Aosta' Batlalion, 4th Alpine Regiment of the Italian Army 4. Collar badge of the Netherlands Army engineers 5. Nationality insignia of the Netherlands Army. 51 A HISTORY OF MILITARY INSIGNIA receive only one set of wings while the to the war-time Fallschirmjiiger badge; US forces have three and, if Para Ranger the eagle on the post-war badge is in or Rigger are included, four.

The black shield commemorates the Iron Brigade, and the Airborne tab was added in World War 11. The division served with great distinction in World War 11, seeing action at the defence of Bastogne, and earlier it was in part of operation Market Garden. The Ist Cavalry Division, with its large shield patch with a horse's head and diagonal bar, saw action in the Philippines in World War 11. It returned to the Far East in 1965 during the Vietnam war as the Ist Air Cavalry. Among the other shoulder patches A HISTORY OF MILITARY INSIGNIA 43.

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