This authentic French militaria badge dates circa 1959-1962, the latter part of the conflict in Algeria. It features a dramatic winged art deco design and a silver star in relief, and has been in my personal collection since 1971. Desirable as an historical military insignia, it also is prized as a highly decorative antique piece fashioned of silver metal on black enamel. The front is marked PMH for Mixed Platoon Aircraft/Helicopter and 4e DIM, which stands for 4th Infantry Division of the French Army. The reverse side is embossed with its maker's hallmark, DRAGO PARIS and is marked G 1734. The letter G stands for GALUT 101, operations so named in 1959 and commanded by Ltd. Col. Crespin. From top wing span it measures 2" long x 1" wide. The piece is in excellent condition with its original pinback. WILL SHIP INTERNATIONALLY. No returns.
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