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The following links are to web sites that collectors of military insignia and those with an interest in military history may find useful. Insigne neither endorses the services or products offered by these sites nor vouches for the accuracy of the information or the claims these sites may contain. Rather, these links are provided as a service to collectors, whose individual responsibility it is to judge each siteís content.


ASMIC The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors.

The Orders and Medals Society of America

The Association of American Military Uniform Collectors

Symboles & Traditions: France's premier organization of insignia collectors.

The British Model Soldier Society.

Orders and Medals Research Society.

The Company of Military Historians.

Air-America.Net, a site for collectors of Air America memorabilia.

AMICI: The Association of Italian Militaria Collectors.

Information Sites, Archives, Museums

The Alamo Scouts: Learn about the U.S. Army's premier reconnaissance unit of WWII.

Paul Whitman's  503d PRCT web site.

Dave Kaufman's 244th Engineer Combat Bn website.

The OSS Society

OSS Operational Groups - a comprehensive site on this branch of OSS

The Institute of Heraldry

The U.S. Army's Military History Institute offers historical documents and reports on-line.

 The U.S. Army Center of Military History

The National Archives

Imperial War Museum

The Public Records Office (Britain's National Archives)

The Australian War Memorial - Australia's military archives.

Marines in the OSS.

The Doughboy Center: The story of the American Expeditionary Forces.

American Military Patches of World War Two: A guide compiled by Howard Lanham. The War to End All Wars on-line.

WWII History Center: Museum and research library.

If British/Commonwealth military history and insignia are your interest, check out Rothwell Order of Battle and The British Empire: Armed Forces.  

Those who have an interest in the Australian  Imperial Force of WWI are invited to visit  The Australian Light Horse Association

Digger History: Ted Harris's mammoth unofficial history site of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Services. includes a section on exotic insignia of special ops units.

Dedicated to U.S. Air Force patch/insignia collecting, serves as an information and gathering area for collectors on the 'net.

A great site for WWII Squadron Patches. A site for military collectors and military historians.

HyperWar: A hyper text history of WWII.  Offers a wide variety of information on the war.

Gallipoli: a site devoted to this famous battle.

World-Wide Submarine Insignia.

The History Place.  Selected articles, photos and drawings on aspects of American history, including the major wars involving American forces.

Military Badges by Booker: the collection of international military badges of H. H. "Sarge" Booker.

The American Armoured Foundation, Inc.ís Tank Museum.

Militaria Dealers, Commercial Sites

Pass In Review for British, Canadian, and Commonwealth insignia.

Vintage Productions, buying and selling military collectibles and more.

For Air Force insignia, take a look at Aeroemblem.

Andrew and Gale Lipps offer medals and insignia from the Civil War to the present through their shop Wartime Collectables.

For general Australian militaria, forums, free posting and more see Grants Militaria. 

Military Artifacts Unlimited, specializing in U.S. military patches, medals & insignia.

H. J. Saunders's Military Insignia offers links, information, and insignia sales.

The Flying Tiger Antiques: historical collectibles and Americana.

AAA Historical Americana - World Exonumia.  (What are exonumia?  Log on and find out!)

Wess Wessling's Coast Guard Patches: sales and documentation, links.

Clanfield Militaria: British and Commonwealth forces insignia.

Der Dienst.  Hand-crafted museum quality, full-size reproductions of the world's most famous military awards, medals, badges and insignia at a fraction of the cost of originals.

CollectRussia: Russian and Soviet medals, militaria, and antiques.

Israel Military Products - the Israel Army surplus store.

Tutto Militare offering insignia, medals, equipment, replica weapons, and more. Bi-lingual site (Italian and English); click on American/British flag for English.

Weingarten Gallery - authorized DOD manufacturer of current military insignia and maker of quality reproductions of vintage US aviation wings.

Pauls Passtime: current insignia of US services as well as some older insignia and foreign insignia.  

Moritz Embroidery: Veteran-owned and operated maker of quality cloth emblems.

Books, Misc.

Articles of War - dealing since 1971 in new and used military books.

Looking for out-of-print books?  Try Bookfinder or The Advanced Book Exchange or Bibliofind.

Larry Stone offers a wide variety of military-related items: books, documents, autographs, medals, insignia.

Need a display case?  Find them at Ruddles Mills.

While World War Two Books deals in new and used military books of all periods, its emphasis is on those dealing with WW2, especially Axis forces.