The US Army saw the success of German paratroopers in 1940, and quickly set about creating its own elite airborne units. US paratroopers landed on Sicily in 1943, dropped into Normandy on D-Day in 1944, and jumped "over the Rhine" in Operation Varsity in early 1945.
After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, the 17th Airborne Division spearheaded Operation Varsity, the last Allied airborne assault of the war, in which they seized key bridges and roads around Wesel, and cleared the Diersfordter Wald forest of German troops. This US Army WW2 PARATROOPER GLIDER BLUE BASE ATTACHED TAB 17TH AIRBORNE PATCH is in very good condition, with some light fraying at the upper right side edge, some light brownish and whitish soiling at the middle left front tab, some scattered brownish soiling around the upper back, and with some scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the patch is in fine shape, with no other damage. Most interestingly, it bears the classic 17th Airborne design US machine embroidered at front, sports the scarce blue base with attached matching black and gold "AIRBORNE" tab, and features an OD border. It exhibits a "snowy" back, measures 3" x 2 3/8", and is a fine example of a very rare, original US Army WW2 PARATROOPER GLIDER BLUE BASE ATTACHED TAB 17TH AIRBORNE PATCH.The item "US Army WW2 PARATROOPER GLIDER BLUE BASE ATTACHED TAB 17TH AIRBORNE PATCH RARE" is in sale since Monday, October 25, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Patches". The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.