Need help identifying a patch.

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by FreeFrenchie, May 1, 2016.

  1. FreeFrenchie

    FreeFrenchie New Member

    I need some help identifying this patch that I found in my grandfather's belongings (He passed away in 2007). A bit of background info on him... He was from the Doubs department in France and lived through the German Occupation. He was 20 at the time the STO (forced labor) was enacted and subsequently decided to live in hiding instead of being sent to a labor camp in Germany. I don't know how much he was involved in the Resistance movement, but his "Livret Individuel" that I have says he entered the military service in 1945, and that he was stationed in Casablanca, Morocco at some point. It says more than that, but even though my French is pretty good I'm having trouble reading the handwriting. I also know he was in Grenoble at some point, too.

    Any info is appreciated! Right now I'm just trying to identify this patch, but eventually I'll be trying to find out more about his experience during the Occupation and his time in the army. Unfortunately he never talked about it, and the information I got from my grandmother (who lived through it too, they were married in 1942) before she died in 2010 was pretty disjointed. He did, one time, hint that he was involved with anti-aircraft.

    Finally, are there any resources online I should check out?


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  2. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    We have some good Francophones in the forum. They should drop by at some point.

    Welcome to the forum and I hope you learn more of your grandfather.
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  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Hello and welcome to the Forum.

    French spelling of Battery appears to be mentioned on the third image, which ties in with the Anti Aircraft that you have heard.

    I have been checking the Internet for shoulder titles and so far drawn a blank.

    Good luck with your research.

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  4. FreeFrenchie

    FreeFrenchie New Member

    Thanks Jeff and Tom! And thanks for pointing out the meaning of "battery"! I've realized that I can decipher the writing better in the photo I took, especially since I can zoom in now. I've been able to understand more of what's written.

    I think I'll do another post soon about my grandparents, perhaps in another thread.

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