by Bill Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:11 am
Hi Al, Any chance of a close up of the insignia on the sleeve.The bull's eye patch is an atypical size. It is interesting to note that despite the order to remove imposed formation patches and only wear plain ones, the VIII Recce personnel often ignored the official missives.
The tunic offered in the auction is questionable. In the NW European theatre, CMHQ had ordered all units to wear shoulder titles and plain division patches effective early in 1944. The VIII Recce had to take down the bull's eye patched 2 CID div signs. So, one of two things, either the tunic represents an officer pre early 1944 or it may be put together. The poor placement of the bull's eye patch on the formation patch is odd. The sleeve insignia all seems to be machine sewn in the same manner. Note the tunic is a tailored, being taken in across the back. This is typical of the walking out bd, not the day to day example.
Doesn't pass the smell test for me, and I would want not want this one in my collection.