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US Army 82nd Airborne Division shoulder sleeve patch with two stylized letter A’s

Object | Accession Number: 2004.749.12

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    US Army 82nd Airborne Division shoulder sleeve patch with two stylized letter A’s

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    Brief Narrative
    Shoulder sleeve insignia, 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army, known as the All American, of the type used during World War II. It is a square patch with Airborne on a banner and stylized letter A’s in the national colors, red, white, and blue. Actiivated in 1918 during World War I, as an infantry division, it was nicknamed the All American, because it was composed of soldiers from all 48 states. The 82nd was reactivated in 1942 as an airborne division and saw action in North Africa, Italy, Holland, France, and Belgium. In February 1945, they were fighting in Germany. On May 2, 1945, the 82nd Airborne and 8th Infantry Divisions liberated Wöbbelin, a subcamp of Neuengamme concentration camp, and found roughly 1,000 dead inmates. The Units ordered the people from the nearby town of Ludwigslust to bury the bodies. An additional 200 inmates died after liberation, and the Divisions held public funeral services on May 7, 1945, the same day Germany surrendered. The 82nd Airborne was ordered to Berlin to serve as part of the Army of Occupation until its return to the United States in January 1946.
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    top, center, on blue banner, embroidered, white thread : AIRBORNE

    Physical Details

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    Physical Description
    Square military patch topped by an arched banner machine embroidered on white net backing. It has a red field, with an embroidered red border. In the center is a blue circle with two, white stylized letter A’s mirroring one another, with adjacent straight interior edges and arched outer ones that follow the curve of the circle. The word Airborne is stitched across the banner in white uppercase letters. The patch shows no signs of use.
    overall: Height: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Width: 2.500 inches (6.35 cm)
    overall : thread, net

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    Administrative Notes

    The badge was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
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    2023-08-23 11:20:15
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