WWII US ARMY Patrooper Customized Jump Wings -
Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force.
Paratroopers are used for tactical advantage as they can be inserted into the battlefield from the air, thereby allowing them to be positioned in areas not accessible by land. It is one of the three types of "forced entry" strategic techniques for entering a theater of war; the other two are by land and sea. This ability to enter the battle from different locations allows paratroopers to evade fortifications that are in place to prevent attack from a specific direction, and the possible use of paratroopers forces an army to spread their defenses to protect other areas which would normally be safe by virtue of the geography. Another common use for paratroopers is to establish an airhead for landing other units.
This doctrine was first practically applied to warfare by the Italians and the Soviets. During World War II, however, the two countries' ground forces were often overstretched leaving their elite paratroopers to be employed as regular infantry.
The items featured on this page consist of a set of infantry crossed rifle collar insignia. As worn with
the field shirts or dress uniforms.
The jump wings are an interesting item. More than likely a customized version as opposed to a formally
sanctioned military award. Of metal construction. Two pieces put together. The background is of blue
enamel. May have been used during the Korean war.
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