Patch, 474th Infantry Regiment


Genuine WWII US shoulder patch of the 474th Infantry Regiment.

This particular regiment of the US Army was created in November 1944 by the amalgamation of elements from the First Special Service Brigade; 1st, 3rd and 4th Ranger Battalions; and the 99th Infantry Battalion (composed of Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans). The insignia is based upon the FSSF 'red arrow' badge, in the middle of which appear the 99th Battalion's Viking ship and the Rangers tab.

As a whole, the 474th IR was attached to Patton's Third Army in Germany in early 1945, to assist the 'Monuments Men' in their mission; the unit subsenquently transferred to Norway to assist in disarming the German occupation forces.


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