World War Two (WW II-2) official United States Army shoulder insignia worn by personnel of the Africa - Middle East forces from 1942 to the end of the war. This patch has been examined under ultraviolet light and does not glow - confirming it is made of natural fiber consistent with an authentic vintage World War II insignia.
Patches from the Army's overseas commands are among the most distinctive -- and unheralded -- shoulder patches of World War II. They are colorful, in most cases short-lived, and showcase an armed force operating on a global scale. This is the insignia first worn by Middle East forces in 1942 and which remained in use throughout the War. The official design is a red over blue shield, bordered in white, with a white star against the red background, and wavy white lines against the blue.
United States Army Forces in the Middle East (USAFIME) was a unified United States Army command during World War II, headquartered in Cairo, established in August 1942 originally to oversee the Egypt-Libya Campaign, and given command of all United States Army forces in North Africa and the Middle East, except the Army Air Forces Ferrying Command.
Patch was acquired here in Connecticut, a center of textile production during the Second World War. Shield is 3¼" high x 2¼" wide, and appears to be made of machine-stitched twill.
CONDITION: Patch is in excellent condition, and whether or not it was actually worn has not been determined. However, it does not glow when examined under ultraviolet light, and appears to be made of World War II vintage all-natural fiber material. All significant flaws are visible in photos.
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