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Insigna regală de paraşutişt militar

Military paratrooper badge

Military paratrooper breast badge was instituted in 1941 and awarded throughout the WWII until February 1945.

First type badge (cut-out version) appears in the form of two horizontal spread wings and a released parachute. The lower part of the badge bears a cross formed with four crowned royal ciphers of the king Mihai I (“I” within bigger “M”). It was made of silvered bronze and color (blue and white) enamel. Outer rim and crowns were not silvered and retained bronze color.

The difference between first and second types of the badge came down to a single point – unlike cut-out version its medallion was solid and white enameled. It also had a cross formed with four crowned royal ciphers of the king Mihai I (“I” within bigger “M”).

The badges were issued to the graduates of the Military paratroopers school (Şcoala de paraşutişti militari) that was founded in 1937 within the 1st Aerostation Fleet (Flotila 1 Aerostaţie) based in Fort Pantelimon. The school gained an independent status in 1941 and its personnel obtained battalion structure. It was disbanded in February 1945 and reestablished five years later – on November 01, 1950.

The badge was worn in the upper left part of the tunic in between shoulder strap and lapel.

Romania Paratrooper badge