XXI Independent Parachute Company
Unofficial Shoulder Title
|Private-purchase non-regulation shoulder title worn by The Company on best Battle Dress.|
|The CO Major "Boy" Wilson only allowed this title to be worn whilst walking out.|
|The conventional pale blue/dark blue Parachute Regiment titles were worn at all other times.|
|One of the veterans recently sold his pair of XXI titles for £300.|
|Transcript of a letter received by Major "Boy" Wilson on Sept 27th 1944:|
From Lieut-Gen. F. A. M. Browning, C.B., D.S.O.
Headquarters British Airborne Corps,
27th September 1944.
Dear Major Wilson,
I have heard on every side how outstandingly your company has done. To have earned this special praise from such a gallant body can only mean one thing - that your unit is unsurpassed by any other in the world.
Please tell your chaps what a terrific reputation they have earned.
Major. B. Wilson, M.C.,
21 Indep. Para. Coy.