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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

Orders and Medals Research Society.

The Company of Military Historians.

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.

Matt Force's 8240th Army Unit website.

The Ultimate Guide to World War 2 Records A guide to militaria shows, military museums, and groups interested in militaria, reenacting, or military history

The Institute of Heraldry

The National Archives

Imperial War Museum

The National Archives UK (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.

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.

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

The American Armoured Foundation, Inc.ís Tank Museum.

Julian Tennant has collected militaria for over 40 years, specializing in Airborne, Special Forces and unconventional warfare units. Along with military historian Cliff Lord, Julian co-authored ANZAC ELITE: The Airborne & Special Forces Insignia of Australia & New Zealand (IPL Books 2000). Julianís collection of insignia, medal groupings, and photographs can be viewed on his website JULESWINGS.

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.

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.

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.

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

Books, Misc.

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

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

Need a display case?  Find them at Ruddles Mills.