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Offline John

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What is this badge?
« on: May 13, 2011, 20:49:40 pm »
Sussex, 1944. The combined flags of the Allies, including Free French symbol and a parachute... but why? Was it issued to celebrate the liberation of Paris, and if so who got the badge? I'm wondering if it was generally sold throughout Sussex, or given to certain groups of people such as FFL servicemen.
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Re: What is this badge?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 19:55:00 pm »
Found it!  :)

"Within the preparation framework of D-Day in France (Operation Overlord), General Eisenhower’s Staff Officers, in March 1943, conceived and launched a plan entitled "Sussex". This was to be set up in all the regions in the North of the Loire river, which would be battle zones. Teams of two officers, an observer and a radio operator, and be placed in strategic points. They would provide to the Allies, during and after D-Day, firm information on the German army, its order of battle, its troop movements and in particular those of the “Panzer” divisions, including their supply depots of materials and ammunition. In addition the installation and launch pads of V1 and V2 Flying Bombs. The Allied Headquarters could then make the right informed decisions, intervening effectively and in particular the bombardment of convoys, concentrations of troops and materials."

Above info from http://www.plan-sussex-1944.net/
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